Portable suction machines come in many different sizes and weights and vary in price ranges from $274-$800 from many different manufacturers. Suction machines also know as aspirators have very many different uses from tracheal suctioning to the suctioning and the clearing of mucus from the mouths of patients that have trouble swallowing. When shopping for a portable suction machine there are several factors to consider to make sure it will fit the needs of your patient and the caregiver.
Some of the most important issues when choosing the right portable suction machine would be if you will need to use it while not having access to a power supply or wall outlet. The most important feature of a portable aspirator is the opportunity to use it while not in a car, house or building where there is a power supply. The portable aspirators have internal batteries that range from 45-70 minutes of use before needing to be recharged by a DC(car lighter adapter) or a wall outlet. They also come in very handy when there is a temporary power outage or loss of power to your residence. If you will always be using your suction machine in your home or facility and cost is an issue then you would be fine using a standard suction machine which is less costly because it does not come with the internal battery but offers the same amount of suction pressures as the portable suction machines.
Portable Suction Machine Features:
- Internal battery for use during transport or power outages
- Usually more compact and lighter than the standard suction machines
- Come with a carry bag for easy transport
Different Models of Portable Aspirators
- 7305P-D: Devilbiss Portable Suction Machine: The DeVilbiss 7305 Series Homecare Suction Unit is a compact medical suctioning device which has been designed for reliable, portable operation. Because of the small size, light weight and DC operation, the DeVilbiss 7305 Suction Unit is ideal for providing suction in the home, or on the go with the DC cord. The 7305 P-D includes a rechargeable battery. Two collection bottle options give the choice between the standard 800 ml disposable canister and optional long-term reusable 1,200 ml canister.
- 7310PR-D: Devilbiss Vacu Aide Compact Portable Suction Unit: The Vacu-Aide Compact is a small and lightweight portable aspirator with critical safety and performance advantages. The Vacu-Aide Compact is the smallest and strongest suction unit of its kind, while featuring a convenient carrying bag that provides discrete suction on the go. The Vacu-Aide Compact is ideal for home or hospital use and meets the stringent ISO 10079-1 standards for emergency transport suction. It can be used from its internal battery or directly from the power supply.
- 7314P-D: Devilbiss Vacu Aide QSU Portable Suction Unit: With more than 50% reduction in sound, the Vacu-Aide QSU is the quietest high flow/high suction portable unit on the market, making it a smart choice for patients from neonate to adult. New, innovative container assembly features integrated bacteria filter. New Integrated gauge and flow regulator Easy-to-turn knob conveniently placed around gauge for easy use and control
- PM65: Easy Go Vac Portable Suction: The high performance battery allows 1.5 hours of run time, twice that of comparable units. A "Low Battery Light", standard in this unit, informs the caregiver that the unit needs to be re-charged thus preventing interruptions in use. The Easy Go Vac carries a full 2 year warranty on the unit and a 6 month warranty on the battery.
7305P-D: Devilbiss Portable Suction Machine
7310PR-D: Devilbiss Vacu Aide Compact Portable Suction Unit
PM65: Easy Go Vac Portable Suction
7314P-D: Devilbiss Vacu Aide QSU Portable Suction Unit
Some Dangers and Warnings when using a Portable Suction Machine:
- DO NOT use while bathing.
- DO NOT place or store the Aspirator where it can fall or be pulled into a tub or sink.
- DO NOT place or drop into water or other liquid.
- DO NOT attempt to repair the Aspirator. Any attempt could result in electrical shock.
- DO NOT use near any type of flame or flammable/explosive substances.
- DO NOT allow Aspirator to exceed Operating or Storage Temperature specifications.
- DO NOT use if the Aspirator has a damaged cord or plug.
- DO NOT use if the Aspirator has been dropped or damaged.
- Connect this Aspirator to a properly grounded outlet only.
- Keep the cord away from heated surfaces.
- Use ONLY the Battery Charger / Power Supply from the manufacturer of the machine you have.
- Make sure the Aspirator is in the upright position on a level surface when in use.
Proper Cleaning of a Portable Suction Machine:
- Disconnect the Aspirator from power source and other connections before cleaning.
- Use a cloth or sponge dampened with soap and water.
- Wipe dry with a clean cloth or paper towel.
- Store the Aspirator in a clean area free from grease, oil, and other sources of contamination.
- When cleaning the suction canisters , wash contaniner and lid in warm water / dishwashing solution. Rinse with clean, warm water. Soak in 1 part vinegar to 3 parts warm water solution for 1 hour. Rinse with clean, warm water and air dry.
Troubleshooting most portable suction machines
Unit does not turn on when external power is connected.
Green external power light does not illuminate.
- Check power sources and connections.
- Ensure wall outlet is live by plugging in a lamp.
Pump runs, but there is no suction.
- Check that all tubing is connected properly
- Check tubing connections for breaks or leaks
- Ensure that float shut-off in collection container is not activated or filter cartridge occluded
- Check for leaks or cracks in collection container assembly
- Use vacuum regulator knob to increase suction level.
- Check system for leaks.
Unit does not turn on (no external power is connected).
- Check that battery is fully charged and/or charge battery.