Nasopharyngeal Aspiration

(NPA)

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Rationale

-  To identify resipiratory infection DNA via PCR

-  Influenza A or B, RSV, adenovirus, coxsackie, enterovirus, parainfleunza 1/2/3, picnornavirus, rhinovirus

-  Bordetella pertussis, Mycobacteria tuberculosis

 

Features

-  Used frequently in paediatrics for respiratory viruses (RSV..) + Pertusis

-  Commonly perfomed by nursing staff on the ward

 

Patient

-  Supine

-  Head kept still

-  Infants to be tied in blanket & head held

 

Equipment

-  Suction equipment + catheter

-  Mucus trap

-  Viral transport media (VTM)

 

NPA 3

 

Procedure

-  Check VTM for expiry date

-  Attach suction catheter to mucus trap

-  Connect to suction apparatus

-  Measure length

-  Half distance from nostril to base of ear

-  Start suction

-  Pass tube along base of nostril into nasopharynx

-  Suction secretions from both nostril w same catheter

-  Rinse suction catheter by suctioning VTM

-  To lab within 1 hour

 

NPA 2

 

NPA