AboutSam D. Say

Sam D. Say is owner and CEO of SSCOR, Inc., a medical device manufacturer specializing in emergency battery operated portable suction devices for the hospital and pre-hospital settings. Mr. Say has been involved in developing product for healthcare providers for over 35 years. His passions include contributing to the management of the patient airway and providing solutions that save lives in difficult conditions.

Respiratory Emergencies and Anaphylaxis: What You Need to Know

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jul 13, 2018 4:30:00 AM

Respiratory emergencies can appear suddenly and seemingly without warning. In some patients, anaphylaxis sends the body into a state of crisis, making breathing difficult or impossible and obstructing the airway. As with any respiratory emergency, having the right suction unit ready and functional is key to managing the crisis. Here’s what you need to know about managing anaphylaxis and other respiratory emergencies.

 

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Topics: Respiratory

Portable Suction Needs for Your MCI Trailer

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jul 10, 2018 4:30:00 AM

As every first responder eventually learns, preparedness saves lives. Mass casualty incidents (MCIs) are increasingly common, with more than 14,000 such events documented in EMS databases in the 2010 National EMS Database of the National Emergency Medical Services Information System (NEMSIS).

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Topics: portable suction

Top 8 Medical Suction Training Tips for Your Paramedic Team

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jul 6, 2018 4:30:00 AM

Medical suction can save lives when it’s properly performed. However, improper technique can make an emergency situation worse, causing potentially catastrophic injuries. The right training tips for your paramedic team can maximize their job effectiveness and even save lives. Here’s what your team needs to know about safe medical suction.

 

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Topics: Medical Suction

5 Injuries You May Encounter in Tactical Medical Scenarios

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jul 3, 2018 4:30:00 AM

 

In 2018 alone, there have been more than 100 mass shootings. Tactical medical response requires a different skill set and approach than that required when an elder falls or a child has a choking episode. Tactical medical injuries are high-stakes, and first responders must provide prompt care in a high-stress environment where split-second decisions can be a matter of life and death.

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Topics: Emergency medical suction, Medical Suction, medical scenarios

Suction Catheter Maintenance: 5 Best Practices to Follow

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jun 25, 2018 4:30:00 AM

More than 5,000 people die from choking each year. Aspiration remains alarmingly common, and accounts for 5-15 percent of community-acquired pneumonia cases. Airway management remains a critical and life-saving tool for EMS responders. According to one study, 1.5 percent of EMS cases in a five-month period involved intubation. Yet 25 percent of intubation attempts failed.

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Topics: Medical Suction

Respiratory Assessment and the Pediatric Special Needs Patient: Some Considerations

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jun 22, 2018 4:30:00 AM

Responding to pediatric special needs patients can be challenging. Depending on the disability, the person may be unable to relate pertinent information as to their complaint, level of discomfort, or emotional state. And when the emergency involves the respiratory tract, it only increases the stress of the situation. So let’s discuss some considerations when performing a respiratory assessment on pediatric patients with special needs.

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Topics: Respiratory

Airway Anatomy: A Brief Review

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jun 20, 2018 4:30:00 AM

As a paramedic or EMT, your first responsibility in patient care is to secure a patent airway. Whether you are placing an EOA to elevate the tongue of an overdosed patient, suctioning the oropharynx of a trauma code, or inserting an endotracheal tube for a patient who has stopped breathing, a thorough understanding of the structures that make up the respiratory tract is a must. Here is a brief review of airway anatomy to ensure you're ready for the next respiratory emergency.

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Topics: Airway management

This Month in Emergency Preparedness News: Gearing Up for Summer!

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jun 18, 2018 4:30:00 AM

Summer is just around the corner, and with it comes a slew of summer-related emergencies. From natural disasters to drownings to close encounters with stinging insects, the warm months usher in a plethora of deadly events that you, the emergency responder, must be prepared for.

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness

Managing Chest Trauma: Advanced Airway Alternatives

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jun 15, 2018 4:30:00 AM

Chest trauma can produce lethal consequences for your patients. In fact, chest injuries account for between 25-50% of trauma-related deaths worldwide, with early recognition and treatment being one of the primary factors in reducing mortality.¹

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Topics: Airway management

What to Include in Your Tactical Medical Kit

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 24, 2018 4:30:00 AM

 

Each year, the number of active shooter incidents seems to climb. Hardly a week goes by without a broadcast reporting a gun-wielding assailant leaving behind a trail of victims. In fact, between 2000-2016, statistics show a steady, upward climb of the number of incidents and the number of victims, with over 1,400 casualties produced during that 16-year period.¹

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Topics: Tactical trauma kit