The Dangers of Oropharyngeal Suctioning

Posted by Sam D. Say

Mar 23, 2018 4:30:00 AM

Anyone working in patient care knows how important oropharyngeal suctioning is to maintaining airway patency. Not only does it remove bodily fluids (blood, mucus, saliva, and vomit) from the airway, but it also allows visualization of the cords during intubation—a crucial step in establishing an advanced airway.

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Is It Time to Replace Your Suction Unit?

Posted by Sam D. Say

Mar 21, 2018 4:30:00 AM

The victim was another in a long line—that same dark, narrow stretch of roadway that seems to breed head-on collisions. He was unresponsive, pinned beneath the wreckage of the steering wheel, and bleeding profusely from the mouth. As the crews wrestled the extrication tools, working to pop the door, you cranked on your portable suction unit to clear the airway.

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Choosing the Best Portable Suction Unit for Your Needs

Posted by Sam D. Say

Mar 14, 2018 4:30:00 AM

Those of us in the medical profession know how important quality equipment is to overall patient care. We are only as good as our equipment; if it doesn't function, it's hard for us to function.

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Topics: Handheld portable suction

Suction Advice for Pediatric Trauma

Posted by Sam D. Say

Mar 9, 2018 4:30:00 AM

Responding to pediatric medical emergencies is never easy, especially since most such emergencies involve some form of trauma. Emergencies involving traumatic injuries to a child can be highly stressful events not only for the patient and their family, but for you, the responder, as well. Motor vehicle accidents, falls, and bicycle crashes are just a few of the scenarios that can result in serious, even life-threatening injuries for children; between infancy and adulthood, traumatic injuries make up the most common cause of death, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).1

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Topics: Emergency medical suction

Know Your Thoracic Anatomy!

Posted by Sam D. Say

Feb 26, 2018 4:30:00 AM

Respiratory emergencies are some of the most critical calls to which you will respond. If the airway is impeded or the patient is unable to exchange oxygen, you could be heading straight toward respiratory arrest. Your job is to prevent the arrest and ensure a patent airway with good air exchange—which is why a thorough understanding of thoracic anatomy is fundamental to correcting respiratory insufficiency.

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Portable Suction Device Considerations for Tactical Medicine

Posted by Sam D. Say

Feb 23, 2018 4:00:00 AM

On October 2, 2017, we woke up to the grim news of another mass shooting. The night before, a man in Las Vegas had opened fire on a crowd of concert fans, discharging high-powered weapons from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel, killing 58 people and injuring over 800. Police stormed the hotel but found the gunman had already committed suicide, thus ending the siege after leaving a morbid path in his wake.

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Mass Casualty Scenarios: What Are Your Portable Suction Unit Needs?

Posted by Sam D. Say

Feb 22, 2018 4:30:00 AM

 

As we kick off the new year, and make plans for emergency preparedness, it behooves us to take a glimpse in the rearview. The prior year, 2017, was not pretty; we saw a plethora of natural disasters, from earthquakes in Mexico, to flooding in Bangladesh, to a hurricane leaving thousands without power on Puerto Rico, months after the rains have moved on.

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Emergency Suction in Children: Some Considerations

Posted by Sam D. Say

Feb 15, 2018 4:30:00 AM

One of the most stressful emergency calls a paramedic will encounter is a child who can’t breathe. Pediatric emergencies are stressful enough; in the case of an obstructed airway, stress levels can go through the roof.

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Topics: Emergency medical suction

Best Maintenance Practices for Your Portable Suction Unit

Posted by Sam D. Say

Feb 12, 2018 4:30:00 AM

Ask any paramedic and they’ll tell you one of the most critical pieces of equipment in their EMS arsenal is their portable suction unit. Nothing takes the place of a suction unit. There is no other means of removing blood, vomit, or secretions from an airway, except through immediate, aggressive suction. This is why the maintenance of your unit is vital to airway management.

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Topics: Handheld portable suction

The Necessity of Expedient Nasotracheal Suctioning

Posted by Sam D. Say

Feb 9, 2018 4:30:00 AM

As an emergency medical professional, you know the critical role that speed plays in your daily duties. Lights and sirens expedite your response, prefilled syringes provide immediate medication administration, and pre-gelled pads allow safe, instantaneous defibrillation.

 

The same can be said for suctioning: It must be performed the instant you recognize the need for it. Fortunately, today’s modern suction units provide immediate, powerful suction capabilities to clear clogged airways and restore patency. And whether you’re suctioning the oral or nasal cavity, or an advanced airway, expediency is key.

Let’s discuss the necessity of expedient nasotracheal suctioning.

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