The Yankauer suction tip (pronounced yang´kow-er) is an oralsuctioning tool used in medical procedures. It is typically a firm plastic suction tip with a large opening surrounded by a bulbous head and is designed to allow effective suction without damaging surrounding tissue. This tool is used to suction oropharyngeal secretions in order to prevent aspiration. A yankauer can also be used to clear operative sites during surgical procedures and its suctioned volume counted as blood loss during surgery.
Developed around 1907 by American otolaryngologistSidney Yankauer (1872-1932), the Yankauer suction instrument has become the most common medical suction instrument in the world.