MDS Manual 2003 Section P1i: SUCTIONING
i. Suctioning - Includes nasopharyngeal or tracheal aspiration only
. Oral suctioning should not
be coded here.
"Oral suctioning should not be coded here." (This was not an issue with the former MDS Manual)
If I have a client who has excessive salivation that collects primarily in the buccal cavity and has an order -- "Suction oral secretions before each meal and prn", where shall it be coded then?
...or shall I wait 'til it travels down the pharynx or trachea before I suction it to count???
What's your interpretation?