What is Suction Machine?

Category: Equipment

Most popular types: DeVilbiss Invacare Suction Machine Vacutec Show all

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A suction machine is a pump used to maintain an airway by removing secretions from the mouth, throat, or lungs. It is particularly important in neurological diseases where the ability to cough or swallow is impaired.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Excess saliva 40 4
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) 28 6
Excess mucus 20 8
General health 9 0
Cough 5 0
Increased secretions 4 2

Show all 14 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 1
Mild 3
None 13

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Suction Machine

Side effect Patients
Cough 2
Fear 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Suction Machine

Dosage Patients
as needed 9
every other week 1

Why patients stopped taking Suction Machine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 2
Course of treatment ended 1
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Duration

Currently using Suction Machine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 2
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 4

Stopped using Suction Machine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
1 - 2 years 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 11
Usually 4
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 5
A little hard to take 8
Not at all hard to take 3
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 1
< $25 8
Not specified 8
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8 patient evaluations for Suction Machine

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KipWong
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KipWong
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: moderate
Chest: moderate
Legs: moderate
I am: g
I have:
ALS

See KipWong's full Suction Machine history

Feb 28, 2017 (Started Aug 17, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Excess mucus)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Every Other Week
Advice & Tips: Use only as needed, when spitting out secretions is hard and breathing is difficult. About 2 times a month. Mostly use the cough assist machine
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 23, 2016 (Started Aug 17, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Excess mucus)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Every Other Week
Advice & Tips: Use only as needed, when spitting out secretions is hard and breathing is difficult.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
Rachael
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Rachael
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Bulbar: severe
Arms: severe
Chest: moderate
Legs: severe
I am: vb
I have:
ALS

See Rachael's full Suction Machine history

Jul 29, 2012 (Started Mar 10, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Excess mucus)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: The Suction Machine has been a revelation and as well as being a life saver during emergency choking episodes, it is really good when brushing teeth.

  • 2 helpful marks
Gerd-NF
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Gerd-NF
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: severe
Arms: severe
Chest: severe
Legs: severe
I am: g
I have:
ALS

See Gerd-NF's full Suction Machine history

Aug 17, 2010 (Started Sep 15, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Increased secretions)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: Pic adress: http://www.gerd-nf.de.vu/bilder_icons/fuer_PLM/AE7200_DeVilbiss-suction-unit.jpg

  • 0 helpful marks
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