Frequently asked questions

Installing the suction bag

  • How the suction bag is installed?

Suction bag is easiest to install with a help of vacuum. Unfold the suction bag and place it into the suction canister, turn on the suction source, the suction bag will be inflated. Close the patient connector with your finger and simultaneously push the suction bag slightly from the middle of the lid: wait until the desired vacuum is established and the bag is fully inflated.

Watch our tutoral video on how easy Serres suction bag installation really is.

Tutoral guide of installing a folded Serres suction bag.

  • Do I need to place the bag so that the air channel of the lid meets the hole in the canister?

No, the vacuum is created and the bag is inflated regardless of the position of the bag.

  • Where should I place the suction canister?

There are several mounting options for canisters like movable Serres trolley and brackets for installing it either on the wall, rail, table or bed.

  • What does Single Connection mean?

Patented Single connection system means that there is only one place to connect the patient tube. This ensures error free and fastest installation of suction bag.

  • Can I install 2000 ml suction bag into the 3000 ml canister?

No, the suction bag has to be installed into a suction canister of equal size. In addition, there is a difference in 2000 ml and 3000 ml bag lid structure that makes the assembly of bag and canister of different volumes impossible.

  • How can I be sure that the system is ready for operation once I have installed it?

Just check that the bag is fully inflated and that the vacuum is created.

Using Serres Suction bag

  • How long can I use the same suction bag?

Due to the hygiene and safety reasons the suction bag must be replaced after every patient or once in 24 hours if the bag is used e.g. in ICU.

  • Do I need to change canisters after each procedure?

No, canisters are reusable. Also grey connectors and vacuum tubes are reusable and once taken into use you don’t need to re-install them.

  • What happens when the suction bag becomes full?

Each suction bag is equipped with hydrophobic filter which automatically closes the suction when the bag becomes full.

  • What do I need to do after the procedure?

After the suction procedure disconnect the patient tube and white angle connector and close the connection with the patient connector plug provided on the lid of the suction bag. Turn of the vacuum. Lift the suction bag using the handle on the lid and dispose the bag properly.

  • How do I dispose used products?

Dispose the used products in accordance with recycling labeling and hospital-specific instructions.

  • What material the suction bag is made of?

The suction bag is made of polyethylene (PE) and the white angle connector is made of polypropylene. (PP)

Solidifying agent

  • What is solidifying agent?

Solidifying agent is superabsorbent polymer which absorbs large amount of liquid. It makes the suctioned liquid solid.

  • Why it is used in suction bag?

It brings the users extra safety and makes transferring the used bag easier. It can also reduce significantly the hospitals waste management costs.

  • How much solidifying agent is needed?

You need approximately 20g solidifying agent per 1000 ml of liquid. 20g of powder equals approximately 25 ml in volume.

Serial Connection

  • What does serial connection mean?

Serial connection allows you to expand suction capacity by connecting several suction bags in chain.

  • Do I need a special bag to make a serial connection?

No, owing to the product compatibility and serial tube design the standard bag can be used for serial connection.

  • Does the liquid run automatically to the next bag in serial connection?

Yes, it does. No user intervention is needed.

  • How many canisters can I connect in series at one time?

When using Serres Suction system, you can connect up to six canisters in series. If you have a high trolley and a vacuum shift in use you can have up to 36 litres of suction capacity.