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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Topics: Airway management

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

The Inherent Dangers of Facial Trauma​

Posted by Sam D. Say

Aug 9, 2017 4:30:00 AM

As an EMS provider, you know traumatic injury plays a central role in many of the emergencies to which you respond. Trauma calls make up a large percentage of emergency responses and take a tremendous toll on lives throughout our country. Here are a few stark statistics from the National Trauma Institute1:

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Topics: Airway management

How to Address Respiratory Complications in the Field

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jul 26, 2017 4:30:00 AM

Respiratory emergencies are among the most critical patients you will encounter as an EMS professional. If the patient is unable to maintain airway patency, or you are unable to correct the underlying issue, there is no hope for his or her recovery. And when these critical situations are compounded by complications in the field, your patient's chances are reduced even further.

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Topics: Airway management

Three Common Summertime Respiratory Emergencies Requiring Portable Suction

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jul 5, 2017 4:30:00 AM

Example of edit made in “suggestion mode”. Summer is upon us, and it seems like only yesterday we were dealing with the winter woes of emergency medicine: traumatic injuries from winter sports, an onslaught of influenza as the temperatures plummeted, and the winter doldrums that can lead to depression and anxiety for those predisposed.

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Topics: Airway management

Respiratory Emergencies: Recognizing Thoracic Trauma

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jun 30, 2017 4:30:00 AM

When we think of traumatic injury, we typically envision gruesome wounds: amputations, avulsions, impaled objects, compound fractures. And any of these injuries can impact the thoracic cavity. But thoracic trauma can also be frighteningly subtle. So, let's discuss the various ways the chest can be impacted by trauma and some of the clinical signs that may accompany such injuries. For recognizing thoracic trauma is the first step in effective treatment.

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Topics: Airway management

How to Distinguish Respiratory Distress from Failure

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jun 19, 2017 4:30:00 AM

Respiratory emergencies come in many forms. It could be an asthmatic who has suffered since childhood; the COPD patient who still smokes a pack a day; or the near-drowning who was pulled from the deep end of the pool. Whatever the crisis, you, as an emergency responder, are called on to treat it.

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Topics: Airway management

Trauma-Related Respiratory Emergencies: What to Look For

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jun 14, 2017 4:30:00 AM

 

Trauma-related respiratory emergencies can be some of the most difficult patient scenarios to treat. Trauma comes in many forms: from blunt to penetrating to blast injuries involving any or many parts of the body. And when the trauma affects the respiratory system, whether through direct impact (oral or facial injuries) or indirectly (pneumothorax or hemothorax), your patient can teeter on the brink of survival.

Treating respiratory emergencies is never easy. And when they are compounded by trauma, they can be downright deadly. So, let's discuss what to look for when it comes to trauma-related respiratory emergencies.

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Topics: Airway management, Emergency Preparedness

Four Common Pediatric Respiratory Emergencies (And How to Avoid Them) 

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 31, 2017 4:30:00 AM

 

Pediatric emergencies are always a bit unsettling. Fortunately, children make up a minority of our patients, but when these emergencies occur, it can be stressful—for the patient, for the patient’s family, and for you, the responder.

And when children’s emergencies involve the respiratory system, they can be even more harrowing. Few things are scarier than a child who can't breathe. So, in an effort to calm our nerves, let's discuss four common pediatric respiratory emergencies and how to avoid them.

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Topics: Airway management

Three Tips for Mastering Paramedic Airway Management and Ventilation

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 3, 2017 4:30:00 AM

As a paramedic, you know the most critical task you are called on to perform is managing the airway. Whether your patient is an asthmatic, struggling for breath; a pediatric suffering a partial blockage due to an inhaled object; or an unconscious trauma victim with a blood-clogged airway, the decisions you make and the actions you take will determine whether your patient lives or dies.

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Topics: Airway management