Yankauers

Yankauers are suction tips that are designed to be used orally in medical procedures. It is made up of firm plastic that has a large opening surrounded by a bulb shaped head designed to allow for effective suctioning without causing any damage to the surrounding tissue. Oropharyngeal secretions are removed using a yankauer. A Yankauer may also be used to provide suction at operative sites during surgical operations and the volume of blood suctioned is considered as blood lost during surgery.


The large hole of the yankauer must be covered with the thumb to initiate suction procedure. The smaller holes towards the end are used to suck the secretions when the vacuum is applied. Oral suctioning catheter or yankauer is not suitable for tracheotomies due the large size. It can be used to remove secretions if the patient is not able to remove secretions or foreign matter by coughing.

Yankauers must be avoided in case of:

  • Head and neck surgeries
  • Facial fractures
  • Loose teeth
  • Clotting disorders
  • Laryngeal/oral carcinoma
  • Severe bronchospasm
  • Stridor 
  • Restlessness/anxiety

Things to take care of while suctioning

  • Use a new yankauer for oral suctioning each time.
  • Deciding that who needs suctioning at the initial stage and keeping supplies readily available at the bedside.
  • Use the device only up to appropriate suctioning limits 
  • Knowing the risk of applying excessive inadequate pressure.
  • Taking care of mouth sutures, sensitive tissues, and any tubes in the mouth
  • Take precautions not to stimulate the gag reflex.
  • Performing a pre- and post-respiratory assessment
  • Notify health professional immediately if any abnormal incident happens


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