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Uses and Operation of Homecare Medical Suction Units

Uses and Operation of Homecare Medical Suction Units
Kevin Cleary

The use of a medical suction unit may be necessary to remove excess fluid from the body due to a variety of medical needs. Many times respiratory ailments or wounds require fluid to be removed from the body in order to expedite healing or just for comfort. Often patients must travel to the doctor’s office, hospital, or some other outpatient treatment center. The ability to perform this task in the privacy and comfort of your own home cannot be overstated. A homecare medical suction or medical aspirator can allow those who need airway/respiratory support or patients with infectious material in wounds the ability to benefit from suction therapy at home instead of traveling to receive this therapy. This can save time and also allows the recipient to avoid traveling during bad weather.

Home Therapy Options

Each reason for medical suction therapy is unique to each individual’s medical needs. Understanding what is available and which medical suction unit is right for you will help you to choose the appropriate suction unit for your medical needs. Some medical suction units or medical aspirators are solely AC units which require you to plug the machine into an outlet in your home, while some may offer a battery option so you can take your therapy on the road with you. You should work with your doctor or nurse to determine what your needs are and what would be the appropriate piece of equipment for your home therapy. They should also explain and orient you with the operation of the unit you choose. Some options that may be available to you include:

DeVilbiss Vacu-Aide 7305 Suction Unit without Battery

1. DeVilbiss Vacu-Aide 7305 Suction Unit without Battery

This home suction machine combines a lightweight, compact size with suction and capacity requirements for removal of fluids from the airway or respiratory support system, as well as infectious material from wounds. Even though this medical suction machine is designed to be plugged into a wall socket, the available DC cord allows for the portability of this unit. Vacu-Aide 7305 Suction Unit without Battery offers an easy to read gauge, which is critical in pediatric cases and this unit can be utilized as an infant suction machine as long as you are compliant to the pressure set by your physician.

DeVilbiss Vacu-Aide 7305 Suction Unit with Battery

2. DeVilbiss Vacu-Aide 7305 Suction Unit with Battery

If your lifestyle includes travel, this suction unit offers the freedom of portability with its rechargeable battery. Vacu-Aide 7305 Suction Unit with Battery touts all the benefits of the unit without a battery, but with the added benefit of not being tethered to a power source. Go anywhere and feel free to adhere to your suction therapy plan. The battery is chargeable from either AC or DC and can be operated on any AC voltage 100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz.

DeVilbiss Vacu-Aide Quiet Suction Unit

3. DeVilbiss Vacu-Aide Quiet Suction Unit

Many times users of medical suction units dislike the noise associated with their homecare units. Vacu-Aide Quiet Suction Unit is 50% quieter than previous models and is the quietest high flow hi suction portable unit. This homecare medical suction unit is available in both an AC, plug-in version and an available portable battery unit.

Drive Heavy Duty Suction Machine

4. Drive Heavy Duty Suction Machine

Powerful and durable, Heavy Duty Suction Machine brings the performance of an institutional machine into the comfort of your own home. With an 800cc canister, this home suction machine creates pressures up to 560mmHg. An antibacterial filter helps prevent contamination and is easy to carry and clean.

Precision Medical EasyVac Aspirator

5. Precision Medical EasyVac Aspirator

What is an aspirator? An aspirator is simply a suction device to remove fluid from the body and this medical aspirator is commonly used to provide a continuous vacuum for medical suctioning procedures that aspirate fluids. Medical EasyVac Aspirator's high performance 1/5 hp pump provides 0-26Hg of pressure and prevents overflow with a float valve. The hydrophobic filter prevents backflow and blocks airborne contaminants from entering the pump. Weighing only 11.4 pounds, they can handle 31.0 L/min with no filter and 25.5 L/min with the hydrophobic filter installed and the suction canister can hold up to 800 mL of fluid. You should set the vacuum as prescribed by your provider/doctor.

Precision Medical Easy Go Vac Aspirator

6. Precision Medical Easy Go Vac Aspirator

This medical aspirator delivers a vacuum range of 2-21mmHg and an easy to read gauge so the caregiver can be sure of the proper vacuum level and easily adjust carefully. Medical Easy Go Vac Aspirator includes an 800cc canister with a float shut off to prevent any overflow. Portability is paramount and this unit can be transported with its carrying bag and battery charging unit. With safety in mind, this medical aspirator offers a low battery light to alert the caregiver that the unit needs to be recharged, therefore preventing any possible interruption in use.


Convenience and privacy are just a couple of reasons that favor the use of a homecare medical suction unit or medical aspirator for those that require suction therapy. Being able to avoid a trip to the doctor’s office or hospital can improve patient compliance, therefore expediting any healing or recovery a wound care or respiratory patient needs.


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HPFY Kevin Cleary

Kevin Cleary

Kevin Cleary has been a Health Products For You contributor for many years and has a degree in marketing. His health and wellness journey has a very personal meaning and has guided him in his content writing for HPFY.

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