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Instructional & Troubleshooting Videos

Suction Machines & Canisters

At Wave Healthcare, we pride ourselves on offering families and caregivers top-notch educational services. Our expert RTs and Dietitians provide the best training for respiratory and enteral medical equipment to help you and your child succeed in a homecare setting.

Now, we want to take our educational support a step further. We have begun producing a series of educational videos designed to help keep proper equipment procedures fresh in caregivers’ minds. Furthermore, these videos should help answer questions that may come up while using different medical devices.

Up first in this series, we are proud to present our Suction Machine and Canister videos. See the full videos below, as well as chapter breakdowns you can use to navigate directly to scenes addressing specific topics.

You can also hover over each video and select points in the timeline to navigate. You will see breakpoints in the timeline for each chapter.

Children's Home Respiratory and Pediatric Enteral Services

Chapter Breakdown

0:00 – Intro

0:18 – Begin with portable suction units

0:32 – On and off buttons

0:49 – Battery life

0:58 – Keep your machine plugged in at all times when at home

1:06 – Charging your Vacu-Aide unit

1:33 – Red Light, Low Battery

1:40 – Do not let your lithium battery drain completely

1:50 – Charging your DeVilbiss unit

2:13 – Ensure the unit is charging, verify lights are on

2:19 – Troubleshooting: what to do when your lights do not turn on

2:38 – Change in suction pressure when unit is plugged in vs not plugged in

2:54 – Adjusting pressure on the DeVilbiss unit

3:06 – Adjusting pressure on the Vacu-Aide unit

3:22– Always take your wall charger and car charger when traveling outside the house

3:29 – Turn on your vehicle before plugging in your car charger

3:42 – What else to take when traveling outside the home

4:08 – Introducing the stationary suction machine

4:24 – Stationary unit is the primary unit to use when at home

4:54 – On and off button for the stationary unit

5:04 – Adjusting pressure on the stationary unit

5:26 – Stationary Machine is compatible with both canisters (all three machines are compatible)

5:35 – Connecting canister to the suction machine

6:08 – Setting up your suction canister

6:36 – Troubleshooting: what to do when your machine does not turn on when it is connected to a power source

Chapter Breakdown

0:00 – Intro

0:16 – Introducing the cream-colored lid with external filter

0:40 – Three pieces for the external-filter lid

0:55 – Connecting the external filter

1:33 – Covering the port on the cream lid

1:51 – Connecting your patient suction tubing to the cream-colored lid


2:12 – Introducing the blue lid with internal filter

2:24 – Connecting your shorter tube to the blue lid

2:36 – Covering the ports on the blue lid

2:57 – Connecting the patient suction tubing to the blue lid

3:15 – Placing the blue-lid canister in the suction machine, connecting tubing to the machine

3:32 – Testing the seal on the blue lid canister


4:08 – Placing the cream-lid canister in the suction machine, attaching silicone tubing to the machine

4:25 – No seal test required for cream-colored lid

4:39 – Troubleshooting pressure issues when using the cream-colored lid

6:00 – Troubleshooting pressure issues when using the blue lid

6:57 – Call Wave Healthcare if troubleshooting did not resolve your pressure issues

Cleaning Your Canisters + How to Open the Blue lid

Chapter Breakdown

0:00 – Intro

0:08 – Empty contents from the blue lid when the canister is half-full

0:34 – How to remove the blue lid

0:57 – How to clean the blue-lid canister

1:06 – Do not get the blue lid wet

1:19 – How to properly clean the blue lid

1:28 – How to properly empty contents from the canister with the cream-colored lid

1:48 – How to clean the canister with the cream-colored lid

1:53 – How to properly clean the cream-colored lid

2:05 – Do not get the cream-colored lid wet