Spinal Trauma: Managing the Tenuous Airway

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 18, 2018 4:30:00 AM

 

Spinal cord injuries are devastating events. In the U.S., most are the result of automobile collisions, but falls, penetrating injuries, and blunt trauma can also cause injury to the spinal cord, leading to a respiratory emergency. It is estimated that there are over 11,000 spinal cord injuries each year in the U.S., the majority (80%) of which affect males around the age of 37.¹ When the injuries involve the cervical vertebrae, specifically the midsection (C3 through C5), they can disrupt the phrenic nerve, which controls movement of the diaphragm, rendering the patient unable to breathe on their own.

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Topics: Airway management

Airway Obstruction in Kids: Know the Risks

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 11, 2018 4:30:00 AM

 

Pediatric airway obstruction may be a rare occurrence for EMS responders, but they are a frequent cause of pediatric death worldwide. According to the Mayo Clinic, choking is a common cause of injury and death among children.¹ And it could simply be a matter of time before you are called upon to relieve an obstructed airway or treat a child who is choking.

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Topics: Airway management

Five Pediatric Airway Management Best Practices

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 10, 2018 4:30:00 AM

 

Responding to pediatric emergencies requires a special approach. From your initial assessment, to diagnosis and treatment, you must tailor your approach by understanding the differences in pediatric anatomy and physiology, the best approach for assessing your patient, and some special considerations when it comes to treatment.

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Topics: Airway management

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 Role of a Portable Suction Pump in Training Scenarios

Posted by Sam D. Say

Oct 19, 2017 4:30:00 AM

 

When was the last time you worked a code? If you serve a busy, urban area, or a population heavy on retirees, you probably remain proficient in advanced cardiac life support (ACLS). Drug therapies and dosages, intubation procedures, and post-resuscitation care are part and parcel to busy EMS systems. But what if you work in a slow-paced, rural setting, where the calls are few and far between? What happens to your ACLS skills if you rarely use them? Most likely, you lose them.

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Topics: Handheld portable suction, Airway management, EMS suction

Airway Management and the Overdose Patient

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 29, 2017 4:30:00 AM

 

Anyone in the medical field can attest to the current epidemic sweeping our country: opioid overdose. This lethal condition has touched every region of the US and is now the leading cause of death among individuals from 25 to 60 years of age. ¹The White House recently proclaimed it a national health crisis, with good reason. If you're an EMS responder, it is simply a matter of time before you are faced with this situation.

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Topics: Airway management

Where to Read About the Latest Research on Airway Management

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 18, 2017 4:30:00 AM

As emergency medical professionals, we are continually improving our skills and techniques. And there’s no more critical area than airway management. So, today we’re offering several important websites that provide educational and technical guidance on improving airway management skills in the field.

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The Importance of Negative Pressure for Endotracheal Suctioning

Posted by Sam D. Say

Aug 28, 2017 4:30:00 AM

The patient has suffered a gunshot wound to the chest, and his blood pressure is dangerously low. You’ve covered the entry wound to prevent a sucking wound, but the patient is exhaling copious bloody froth. You successfully intubate the patient and are bagging, with good chest rise, but the bloody froth continues to interfere with air exchange. It’s time to suction the tube.

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Topics: Airway management, Medical Suction