Oral Suctioning Procedure Basics: What You Need to Know

Posted by Sam D. Say

Mar 29, 2017 4:30:00 AM

The code is going smoothly. Good CPR is being delivered, and IVs have been established, allowing you to give first-round drugs. And although you don’t have the patient intubated, your partner is bagging effectively, you have good chest rise, and the capnography waveform is textbook. Suddenly, the patient’s entire stomach contents erupt. The firefighter doing CPR is doused, the airway is now obstructed, and your perfect code is spinning out of control.

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Topics: Medical Suction

Dangerous Chest Tube Complications to Avoid During Transport

Posted by Sam D. Say

Mar 27, 2017 4:30:00 AM

Although the placement of chest tubes usually falls to physicians, many healthcare workers—be they paramedics or nurses—have had to take care of patients with chest tubes in place, either in a hospital setting or during transport. Chest tubes are a critical factor in certain respiratory emergencies, so let’s review the indications for placement and some of the dangerous complications you can avoid when caring for such patients.

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Topics: Suction for EMS professionals

Best Practices for Nasotracheal Suctioning

Posted by Sam D. Say

Mar 23, 2017 4:30:00 AM

When you think of suctioning, you generally think of a straightforward, yet lifesaving, procedure. For the most part, it is a relatively basic skill that can make a world of difference in your patient’s outcome. But even the simplest treatments must be performed using proper technique. As a quick review, the airway is divided into upper and lower structures.

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Topics: Medical Suction

Suction Tip Types: How to Decide What Fits Your Needs

Posted by Sam D. Say

Mar 21, 2017 5:31:48 AM

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness

Three Dangerous Portable Suction Machine Mistakes to Avoid

Posted by Sam D. Say

Mar 17, 2017 4:30:00 AM

As an emergency medical professional, you rely on a number of sophisticated tools to treat your patients. From cardiac monitors that defibrillate and cardiovert to drugs that reverse anaphylaxis and pulmonary edema, you are responsible, not only for the benefits, but also the dangers, associated with such therapies. And even the simplest treatment can pose serious harm when not applied properly. A great example is your portable suction machine. Here, we’ll discuss three dangerous mistakes to avoid when applying portable suction in the field.

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Topics: Handheld portable suction

The Importance of Quality Portable Suction Accessories

Posted by Sam D. Say

Mar 15, 2017 1:23:22 PM

Anyone who has ever used a portable suction unit knows the importance of power and reliability. Suction units, like any other piece of lifesaving equipment, must be durable, effective, and able to tackle the most difficult of airways.

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Topics: Medical Suction

Critical Paramedic Airway  Management Steps You Can't Miss

Posted by Sam D. Say

Mar 13, 2017 4:30:00 AM

As a paramedic, the most critical treatment you provide is airway management. Whether intubating the patient in cardiac arrest, dislodging an obstruction, or simply assisting respirations, the speed and effectiveness of your treatment can mean the difference between life and death for your patients. So, let’s review three critical airway management steps you can’t afford to miss: assessment, equipment, and intervention.

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Topics: Airway management

The Pocketbook Guide to Airway Physiology

Posted by Sam D. Say

Mar 9, 2017 4:30:00 AM

Take a deep breath. Now let it out slowly. Do you ever stop to think about the amazing physiological processes that take place within our bodies, each time we take a breath? Breathing is one of many bodily functions we take for granted—that is, until we are unable to breath. Something to think about the next time you treat an asthmatic or choking victim.

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Topics: Airway management

How to Choose an Emergency Aspirator

Posted by Sam D. Say

Mar 7, 2017 4:30:00 AM

The scene is chaotic. You’ve responded to the community pool for a “patient not breathing” and find a young boy, no older than 10, in full cardiac arrest after being pulled from the bottom by bystanders. Good CPR is being delivered, but all eyes are on you as you quickly set up your equipment. As your partner hooks up the monitor, you whip open the portable suction unit to clear the copious amount of water erupting from the patient’s mouth. You flip on the switch and…nothing. You fiddle with the knob, but your suction unit is dead. The crowd stares in horror as you struggle to come up with Plan B.

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Topics: Medical Suction

Five Tips for Improving Suction Technique

Posted by Sam D. Say

Feb 24, 2017 4:30:00 AM

No matter how long you’ve worked in healthcare, you know there is always room for improvement when it comes to skills. We practice intubation procedures, review drug protocols, and simulate mega-codes, all for the sake of sharpening our techniques and refreshing our knowledge base. In the ever-changing world of medicine, you can never stop learning.

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Topics: Medical Suction