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April 23rd, 2009, 05:48 AM
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Does anyone have a suction machine? If so, where do you keep the settings?
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April 23rd, 2009, 09:22 AM
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Not yet, but we're being told that it's a real possibility. What ARE the settings?
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April 23rd, 2009, 11:49 AM
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The strength of the suction.

I hope you don't need one. Ava hates it. I nicknamed it "evil thing" the day we got it.
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April 23rd, 2009, 07:45 PM
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We have one, but honestly - ours isn't strong enough when we need it. The mucus Kyle gets is like a super thick clear rope (we can actually tug on it, and it retracts). We use the suction to grab it, so that we can do a mouth swipe with rough rag that grabs on to it better. We also use it to pop the bubble he gets that can block his airway - until he's able to puke it up.
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April 24th, 2009, 04:39 AM
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What kind of machine do you have? I've never heard of them not being strong enough. We have a DeVilbiss, which is the kind my trach mommy friends use. This one. I keep the settings between 100-200 which works, but the settings will go up to over 700. I was told to not use too high of settings b/c it would take all the gas out of Ava's lungs. I do have deep suction caths that I can use as well as the tips.
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April 24th, 2009, 12:57 PM
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We have the same one I think... Not positive on the model number, but we were having such problems with our last one that Apria just sent us a new one last fall (which was an update from the old one, but looked about the same).

We never close the passages off, or use it in the nasal airway - which does make a difference. But Kyle won't clamp down on it like a straw because he's either having a seizure when I use it, choking, or is so orally averse, that he fights us.

The mushroom tips are pointless for us, though when he was little I did use them for his nose. We use the catheter that looks like a big wand. The flex-tube catheters also never worked well for us.
Here is the old one, in the background (taken 12/2004):
http://www.knoernschild.org/gallery/...serialNumber=1
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April 24th, 2009, 01:08 PM
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So cute!
Yeah, I agree the little sucker tips don't work for mouth/oral suction at all. I do have luck with those for nasel suctioning. The thin suction caths are for deep suctioning into her trachea, which I only use in extreme cases.
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