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Tubing, used with suction pump, each

HCPCS code

Name of the Procedure:

Tubing, used with suction pump, each (HCPCS Code: A7002)

Common name(s): Suction tubing, Medical suction pump tubing
Technical or medical terms: Suction device tubing, Vacuum aspirator tubing


Suction pump tubing is an essential medical device used to safely remove bodily fluids. This tubing connects to a suction pump to aid in the removal of fluids such as mucus, blood, or pus from a patient's body, ensuring clean and clear passageways for breathing or preventing infection.


Suction pump tubing is primarily used to clear airways in patients who have difficulty swallowing or clearing secretions on their own. The goal is to maintain an open airway and prevent complications such as infection or respiratory distress.


  • Respiratory issues requiring removal of mucus or secretions
  • Post-surgical situations where fluid clearance is necessary
  • Management of chronic conditions like COPD or cystic fibrosis
  • Emergency situations needing airway management


  • No special preparation is required from the patient.
  • Ensure the suction pump and tubing are sterilized and in good working condition.
  • Verify that the appropriate size and type of tubing are chosen based on the patient's medical needs.

Procedure Description

  1. The healthcare professional connects the suction tubing to the suction pump.
  2. The other end of the tubing is carefully inserted into the area requiring fluid removal, such as the throat or a wound site.
  3. The suction pump is activated to generate a vacuum, drawing fluids into the tubing and away from the patient’s body.
  4. Fluids are collected in a designated receptacle for disposal.
  5. Once the procedure is completed, the tubing is removed and properly disposed of or sterilized for reuse.


The procedure may vary in duration but typically takes only a few minutes per session.


  • Hospital
  • Outpatient clinic
  • Surgical center
  • In-home care settings (under professional supervision)


  • Nurses
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Emergency medical technicians (EMTs)
  • Physicians

Risks and Complications

Common risks:

  • Mild discomfort or gagging
  • Minor bleeding from sensitive areas

Rare risks:

  • Infection if sterile techniques are not followed
  • Damage to tissues or airways

Complications are managed by promptly stopping the procedure and addressing any immediate concerns, such as bleeding or infection.


  • Immediate clearance of obstructing fluids
  • Enhanced breathing and oxygenation
  • Reduced risk of respiratory infections
  • Prompt relief from fluid-related discomfort


  • Patients usually feel immediate relief following the procedure.
  • Post-procedure monitoring to ensure airways remain clear.
  • No significant restrictions, but follow-up might be necessary for chronically ill patients.


  • Manual techniques like chest physiotherapy for mucus clearance.
  • Medications to thin secretions, making them easier to expel.
  • In severe cases, surgical interventions might be considered.

Pros and cons of alternatives depend on the patient's specific condition and overall health.

Patient Experience

During the procedure, patients may feel slight discomfort, a gagging sensation, or minor pain depending on the insertion site. Post-procedure, most patients feel immediate relief from fluid build-up, though they might experience slight soreness at the insertion site. Pain management measures include topical anesthesia if needed and reassurance from healthcare providers.

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