SMTL Medical Disposable Datacard

Tracheal suction catheter with straight tip

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


Transparent PVC catheter with an effective length of approximately 50cm or 60cm. The catheter possesses a plastic vacuum control device at the proximal end. The distal end of the catheter possesses a terminal eye, 2 side holes, is available with or or without a flange and possesses a straight tip. 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 sectretions are removed from the respiritory 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 Suction is applied and the catheter is gently rotated whilst being withdrawn.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.

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 and at this location, the size of the catheter is increased.


Individually wrapped in a peel pouch

Sizes Required

  • 5Ch-14Ch approximately 50cm length
  • 5Ch-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 ROB6010/6060/2960/2450/2460 Catheter suction tracheal, no flange, with straight tip and vacuum control sterile IW 5/8/10/12/14Ch
NSV FSQ6010/6060/2960/2450/2460/600/602/620 Catheter suction tracheal, with flanged straight tip and vacuum control, sterile IW 5/8/10/12/14Ch

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 60cm 5/8/10/12/14Ch (no flange) OSC1505/1508/1510/1512/1514 -60 Pennine Healthcare
Prestrol Oppo-Cath 48cm 5/8/10/12/14Ch (no flange) OSC1505/1508/1510/1512/1514 -48 Pennine Healthcare
Aero-Flo 45cm 5/8Ch (flanged) 8888-250118/8888-250092 Kendall Sherwood Davis & Geck
Eco-Flo 10/12/14Ch (flanged) 20029012/20030012/20031012 Maersk

Revision Details

Editor Joanna Ford
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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