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.

How to Properly Clean A Portable Suction Device

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 30, 2018 4:30:00 AM

 

Ask any emergency responder and they'll tell you the critical role portable suction plays in maintaining airway patency. No other tool can remove blood, vomit, or sputum from the airway, or allow you to visualize the cords prior to intubation.

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Topics: Medical Suction

5 Things You Should Include In Your Tactical Trauma Kit

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 27, 2018 4:30:00 AM

 

With the number of mass shootings across America increasing each year, there is a growing focus on integrated response, placing paramedics and EMTs side-by-side with law enforcement when called to scenes of violence. As tactical medical response evolves to meet these growing needs, so does our medical equipment. But the restrictions that go along with tactical scenarios—namely, take only what you can carry—mean that each piece of equipment must be fundamental to the mission. There is no room for excess. Let's explore five things to include in your tactical trauma kit.

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness, Tactical trauma kit

Airway Obstruction: Are You Prepared?

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 25, 2018 4:30:00 AM

 

Airway obstruction can be one of the most intensive calls that requires a response from you, the rescuer. Few emergencies require such decisive, immediate action as an obstructed airway. You must recognize the signs, decide on an appropriate course of action, and treat effectively so the obstruction can be relieved and airway patency restored.

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Topics: Airway management, Emergency Preparedness

The Ins and Outs of Respiration: Five Things EMTs Should Always Remember

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 24, 2018 10:06:59 AM

 

EMTs may not be able to perform the full range of advanced airway options that paramedics typically employ, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t responsible for recognizing a tenuous airway, performing a thorough assessment, and choosing the appropriate treatment strategy. All emergency responders must be capable of airway interventions, so today we’ll discuss the ins and outs of respiration and five things EMTs should always remember when dealing with respiratory emergencies.

 

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Topics: Airway management, Emergency Preparedness

4 Airway Tools to Include in Your Tactical Medical Kit

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 20, 2018 4:30:00 AM

 

The primary focus of most tactical medical kits is traumatic injury. These lightweight kits usually include equipment to handle different forms of trauma, from specialized bandages to chest seals and tourniquets.

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Topics: Airway management

The Critical Role of a Portable Suction Machine in a Tactical Medical Kit

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 18, 2018 4:30:00 AM

 

When you think about the components of a well-equipped tactical medical kit, what naturally come to mind are the tools needed to deal with trauma-related injuries: hemostatic agents, dressings and bandages, and tourniquets and chest seals. What may not spring to mind is your portable suction unit. But it should. If you’re trying to control oral exsanguination or attempting to visualize the cords during intubation, nothing can take the place of an effective portable suction unit.

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Topics: Handheld portable suction

This Month in Emergency Preparedness News: The Emerging Trend Of Tactical Medicine and the Effects Of Stressful Events on Emergency Personnel

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 13, 2018 10:43:42 AM

 

February ushered in another mass shooting at another school, this time with 17 people killed. Much has been debated about the response of law enforcement—their lack of a timely entry, their failure to engage the shooter. As emergency responders, we should reserve judgment on our partners in law enforcement, and instead, focus on how we can all work together to reduce mortalities when these horrific incidents take place.

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness

Key Advantages of Using SALAD Over Other Suctioning Techniques

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 11, 2018 4:30:00 AM

We've all been there: You're working a code in a crowded restaurant—a patron who has just finished a gargantuan meal—and as you set up your intubation equipment, the patient begins to vomit. Luckily, you have your portable suction unit ready, so your partner begins to suction as you prep your tube. But as you position yourself at the head, the patient continues to spew. What should you do? How are you supposed to intubate a patient who is actively vomiting? Impossible, right? No. There is now a technique that enables you to intubate, even in the most difficult conditions.

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Topics: Emergency medical suction, Medical Suction

Getting Familiar with In-Hospital Suction Strategies

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 4, 2018 12:34:49 PM

When you think of in-hospital suction, you probably picture the typical wall-mounted unit that is supplied by vacuum lines piped throughout the building. What may not come readily to mind are portable suction units, but portable suction plays a vital role in the hospital setting. Let's familiarize ourselves with in-hospital suction strategies.

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Topics: Portable suction for hospitals, Medical Suction

Three Risk Factors for Pulmonary Aspiration

Posted by Sam D. Say

Mar 31, 2018 1:10:58 PM

 

As an emergency medical professional, one of your most critical responsibilities is protecting your patient's airway. This can mean relieving an obstruction (using the Heimlich maneuver or forceps), placing an advanced airway (naso- or endotracheal tube), or simply repositioning the patient to keep their airway open (placing supine, using a jaw thrust).

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Topics: Emergency medical suction