SMTL Medical Disposable Datacard

Tracheal suction catheter with multiple holes

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


Transparent plastic catheter (usually PVC), usually either 50 or 60 cm in length. Catheter possesses a plastic vacuum control device at the proximal end. The distal end of the catheter possesses a terminal eye and at least 2 side eyes. The catheter is available in several Charriere sizes.


Key areas where used

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

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 pathways 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 Suction is applied and the catheter is gently rotated whilst being withdrawn.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.


Individually wrapped in a peel pouch

Sizes Required

  • 8/6Ch approximately 50cm in length
  • 8/10/12/14Ch approximately 60cm in 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 FSY2170/2180/2190/2200/FSQ781/782/783/784/785 Catheter suction tracheal, no flange, with multiple side holes and vacuum control, approximately 60cm long, sterile IW 8/10/12/14Ch
NSV FSQ4180/4220 Catheter suction tracheal no flange, with multiple side holes and vacuum control, approximately 50cm long, sterile IW 6/8Ch

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 60cm 8/10/12/14Ch OSC1508/1510/1512/1514 -60 Pennine Healthcare
Prestrol Oppo-Cath 48cm 6/8Ch OSC1506/1508 -48 Pennine Healthcare
Gentle-Flo 53cm 10/12/14Ch 2101/2112/2141 Mallinckrodt Medical
Gentle-Flo 42cm 6/8Ch 2061/2081 Mallinckrodt Medical

Revision Details

Editor Joanna Ford
Revision No 1.10
Revision date 2006/05/09

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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