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Canister, disposable, used with suction pump, each

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Canister, Disposable, Used with Suction Pump, Each (HCPCS Code: A7000)


The A7000 canister is a disposable medical accessory used with suction pumps to collect bodily fluids and other materials. It is typically used in various medical settings to maintain hygiene and manage waste during procedures requiring suction, such as surgeries or wound care.


The canister is used to collect fluids and materials removed from the body during medical procedures. It helps in maintaining a sterile environment and ensuring proper disposal of waste. Its primary goals are to prevent infection, manage bodily fluids efficiently, and facilitate various medical treatments requiring suction.


  • Collection of fluids during surgical procedures.
  • Management of wound exudate.
  • Drainage of abscesses or other fluid accumulations.
  • Post-operative care needing fluid suction.


Patients may not need specific preparation for the use of a suction canister. However, depending on the overall procedure:

  • Patients may need to fast prior to surgery.
  • Medication adjustments may be required.
  • Pre-operative diagnostic tests, such as blood tests or imaging studies, may be necessary.

Procedure Description

  1. Setup: The disposable canister is connected to a suction pump.
  2. Operation: The healthcare provider uses the suction device to remove bodily fluids, which are then collected in the canister.
  3. Monitoring: The amount of fluid collected is monitored throughout the procedure.
  4. Disposal: After the procedure, the canister is sealed and disposed of safely according to medical waste protocols.

Tools used include:

  • Suction pump
  • Tubing
  • Disposable canister (A7000)

Anesthesia is generally not required for the use of the canister itself but may be necessary depending on the specific procedure being performed.


The duration of use depends on the specific medical procedure but typically lasts for the entirety of the procedure requiring suction.


  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Surgical centers
  • Home healthcare settings (for certain patients)


  • Surgeons
  • Nurses
  • Medical assistants
  • Other healthcare providers involved in the procedure

Risks and Complications

While the canister itself poses minimal direct risks:

  • There is a risk of infection if not used or disposed of correctly.
  • Potential for leakage if the canister is improperly sealed.
  • Complications related to the underlying procedure may arise.


  • Helps maintain a sterile environment.
  • Efficiently manages and contains bodily fluids.
  • Reduces the risk of contamination and infection.
  • Eases cleanliness and waste disposal post-procedure.


Recovery details depend on the primary procedure being performed. General post-procedure care may include:

  • Monitoring fluid output.
  • Checking for signs of infection.
  • Following specific recovery instructions from healthcare providers.


Alternative methods for managing bodily fluids can include:

  • Reusable canisters with proper sterilization.
  • Gravity drainage systems.
  • Absorbent pads or materials.

Each alternative has its pros and cons regarding cost, convenience, and suitability for specific medical situations.

Patient Experience

During the procedure, the patient may not directly interact with the canister but might be aware of the suction process. Post-procedure care focuses on comfort and infection prevention. Pain management and other comfort measures will depend on the primary procedure performed.

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