Microcredential: Shallow Suctioning of the Oral Cavity

As part of Premium Health's Shallow Suctioning of the Oral Cavity Microcredential, students are required to demonstrate specified knowledge and skills throughout the training and assessment session in order to be deemed competent.

The following applies for training completed from the 1st January 2024.

Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes training and assessment

The person named on the certificate has demonstrated the following knowledge and skills (in a simulated environment):

Prepare to deliver manual handling support:

  • Recognise the role and responsibility of the support worker in relation to providing shallow suctioning of the oral cavity according to the client’s plan
  • Apply infection control principles
  • Prepare the client, explain the procedure and obtain consent
  • Gather and assemble required equipment

Perform shallow suctioning of the oral cavity:

  • Position the client
  • Apply oximeter if appropriate
  • Suction the oral cavity

Complete shallow suctioning procedure:

  • Ensure client comfort and safety
  • Clean and return equipment to designated storage areas
  • Identify any reporting requirements

Premium Health were fast, flexible and willing to assist at all times, we changed sessions from face-to-face (on-site) to video conferencing for all of our people. This was a great achievement and provided a great outcome.

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