Keeping Ellie's suctioning supplies clean is imperative. Without a streamlined system to keep our supplies clean and a good schedule for replacing catheters, Ellie's risk for infection would be much higher. Below I'm detailing what supplies we use, where to buy them and how to keep everything clean and rotated.
We like to color code our jars and lids and keep them different sizes to help avoid confusion. In the heat of the moment during an emergency you want everything organized and labeled as clearly as possible. We like to use the color green for the "dirty" jars/lids and purple for "clean". By using a shorter jar for nose suction, it helps avoid confusion so you know the nose sucker always goes in the short jar.
Our goal is to change out the jars and suction catheter twice daily. Once daily is the recommendation we were trained on but you can't be too clean with this stuff! We put the jars and lids in the dishwasher when we run our dishwasher at night and we make sure to run a sanitize cycle. We let the jars and lids air dry and then store them in a clean, dry cupboard until we need them. It's good to have at least 3 sets of jars/lids to rotate, two in the dishwasher and one in use each day.
Courtney is Ellie's mom. She and her villiage have been raising Ellie (and her big brother Nathan) and learning how to live with and manage life around Ellie's physical disabilities and special needs. It's not easy but our villiage is amazing. Thank you to all of you who support us, love us, and provide hope, wishes and prayers.