I'm a new LPN and I have a question.
I had a patient who was new to the facility. The day shift nurse told me that he needed to be suctioned frequently through his trach. After discussing his care, she informed me that they do not do suctioning as a sterile procedure. When I went into the patient's room, I discovered that she had been using the same catheter for every suction.
I am not comfortable doing this procedure as non sterile. So, I grabbed a kit and suctioned the way I was taught-sterile.
When I contacted the DON, she informed me that it was not to be done as a sterile procedure. Apparently the RT did not do it as sterile, and that is the way we are to do it.
Is this right?