SMTL Medical Disposable Datacard

Tracheal suction catheter with Coude tip

All Wales Contract: Suction catheter/Tubing and related items
Sterility Status: Sterile.
Usage Status: Single use.


Transparent PVC catheter with a minimum effective length of 60cm. Catheter possesses a plastic vacuum control device at the proximal end (colour coded). The distal end of the catheter is angled, possesses a terminal eye, 2 side eyes and is available with or without a flange. The catheter is available in several Charriere sizes.


Key areas where used

  • A & E
  • General ward use
  • Theatres
  • ITU

Method of use

A suction connecting tube and cannister are connected (see appropriate datacards) to a suction source. The end of the connecting tube is secured to the catheter. Foreign matter and pulmonary secretions are removed from the respiratory pathway by advancing the catheter into the oropharynx or trachea directly or through an endotracheal or tracheostomy tube. Suction is applied and the catheter is gently rotated whilst being withdrawn. Using a rocking thumb technique, suction is controlled using a vacuum control device on the catheter or a device attached to the connecting tube. Aspiration of the left and right bronchus is possible due to the angled tip of the catheter.

Flanged tips are optional and are intended to prevent tissue grab by drawing air over the flange and into the side eyes to create a cushion of air to prevent the tip from contacting the walls of the airway. The flange is slightly larger than the shaft of the catheter, therefore the effective charriere size is increased at this location.


Individually wrapped in a peel pouch.

Sizes Required

  • 10Ch approximately 60cm length
  • 12Ch approximately 60cm length
  • 14Ch approximately 60cm length

Relevant Standards

The following standards are relevant to this product;

Organisation Standard No. Title
BSI BS EN 1733:2002 Suction catheters for use in the respiratory tract


Coding System Code Description
NSV ROB2930/2940/2950 Catheter suction tracheal, no flange, including Coude tip and vacuum control, sterile IW 10/12/14Ch
NSV FSQ2940/2950/2930 Catheter suction tracheal, with flanged Coude tip and vacuum control, sterile IW 10/12/14Ch

Example products

The following table lists examples of products known to be acceptable for this product description.

Brand Name Product Code Manufacturer
Prestrol Oppo Cath (no flange) 10-14Ch OSC1910/OSC1912/OSC1914-60 Pennine Healthcare Ltd
Aero-Flo (flanged) 10-14Ch 1180-251744/251751/251736 Kendall Sherwood Davis & Geck

Revision Details

Editor Nicole Toyick
Revision No 1.5
Revision date 2006/05/08

Please inform SMTL of any inaccuracies noted or changes requiredin this datacard.


This datacard has been prepared as an aid to contracting forpurchasers in the NHS in Wales, and shouldnot be used as a substitute for literature, instructions or training from the manufacturersof the devices.

Products mentioned in this datacard are for illustration purposes onlyand should not be seen as an endorsement of these products.

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