Medical Suction Terminology: A Review of Crucial Terms

Posted by Sam D. Say

Mar 30, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Medical suction is one of the most fundamental treatments in emergency response. Whether you are clearing vomit from an unresponsive patient, controlling bleeding in a trauma victim, or visualizing the cords during intubation, your portable suction unit is one of the most important tools in your EMS arsenal.

 

So let’s review a few of the crucial terms in medical suction; some of these focus on the unit itself, and others are related to its role in patient care.

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Four Medical Suction Strategies for Flu Season

Posted by Sam D. Say

Mar 29, 2018 2:20:53 PM

Anyone who has seen the news lately can attest to the fact that we are in the throes of a serious flu season. Not only has there been widespread infection across the country, but there are numerous strains out there that fall outside of this year’s immunization. That’s not to say that the flu shot is useless. On the contrary, seasonal flu shots are a great way to protect yourself, especially if you are very young, elderly, or immunocompromised. The flu shot may lessen the symptoms and shorten the infection, even if you acquire a different strain. And if you’re a health care provider, you need all the protection you can get.

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Topics: Emergency medical suction

Three Complexities of Suctioning the Geriatric Patient

Posted by Sam D. Say

Mar 26, 2018 4:30:00 AM

Thanks to modern medicine and advances in genomics, cancer treatment, and longevity research, the aging population across the United States continues to grow. As it grows, the frequency of EMS providers responding to geriatric patients will only increase.

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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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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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