Glossary Entry: Yankauer Suction Handle


Definition: The Yankauer suction handle is a medical device used for suctioning fluids and debris from a patient’s airway during surgical or medical procedures. It consists of a rigid, curved plastic tube with multiple small holes and a straight handle for easy manipulation.

Detailed Description

Types and Variations

Variations: Different variations of the Yankauer suction handle may include different lengths and tip designs for specific uses, such as tonsil suctioning or oral cavity suctioning.


Common Uses: This device is commonly used in surgical procedures, emergency medicine, and intensive care units to remove excess fluids, blood, or secretions from the patient’s airway to maintain a clear passage for breathing.

Insertion and Placement

Procedure: The Yankauer suction handle is inserted into the patient’s mouth and positioned to reach the area requiring suction. It is manipulated by the healthcare provider to aspirate the fluids and debris while minimizing trauma to the surrounding tissues.

Clinical Considerations

Potential Complications

Risks: There may be a risk of tissue trauma, especially if the suction pressure is too high or if the device is used for prolonged periods.

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Requirements: The Yankauer suction handle should be cleaned and disinfected between uses to prevent cross-contamination.

Additional Information

Related Devices

Associated Terms: Other related devices include suction tubing, suction canisters, and suction regulators used in conjunction with the Yankauer suction handle.

Innovations and Advancements

Recent Developments: Recent advancements in materials and design have improved the ergonomics and efficiency of the Yankauer suction handle, making it easier to use and more effective in suctioning procedures.

Regulatory and Safety Notes

Regulations: Healthcare providers should adhere to infection control protocols and manufacturer’s guidelines for the proper use and maintenance of the Yankauer suction handle to ensure patient safety and compliance with regulatory standards.