The pooling of excessive oral secretions can pose a number of hazards for the patient. Oropharyngeal suctioning can reduce these problems.

Oral secretions are a combination of saliva and mucus from the nose and lungs.


Hazards of excessive oral secretions:

(1) obstruction of the upper airway

(2) difficult or uncomfortable breathing

(3) intolerance to or disruption of noninvasive ventilation

(4) inability to use an oronasal mask

(5) risk of aspiration

(6) episodes of choking and restlessness

(7) anxiety and panic attacks

(8) need for emergency hospitalization, intubation, invasive ventilation and unplanned tracheostomy


Oropharyngeal suctioning can reduce or eliminate these hazards

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