Critical Components of an Airway Bag? Your Emergency Respiratory Device

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jan 18, 2018 4:30:00 AM

If you could design your own airway bag, what would you put in it?


The longer we work in the field, the more we develop habits and preferences that find their way into our daily routines. You carry certain tools on your belt or in your pouch; you set up for an IV or an intubation using a set pattern; and you place everything in a specific spot, so you can grab it in a rush.

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Topics: Emergency medical suction

What is Your Mobile Suction Device Inventory?

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jan 15, 2018 4:30:00 AM

Anyone who works in EMS knows how important it is to maintain their equipment. Daily truck checkouts, weekly inventories, and monthly drug checks ensure your equipment is clean, is ready for service, and that drugs are up to date.

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Topics: Emergency medical suction

Mobile Dentistry and Emergency Portable Suction: A Vital Partnership

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jan 11, 2018 3:13:26 AM

Watching television commercials, and the apparent growing obsession with white teeth in the United States, you would think that dental health is of primary importance to most Americans. And yet millions fail to follow basic guidelines on oral health, such as regular cleanings. There are many reasons for this, the most obvious being the high cost of dental care. Another is lack of insurance, which again places patients in the difficult position of caring for their teeth versus more immediate expenses.

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Topics: Handheld portable suction, Emergency medical suction

Paramedic Emergency Suction Procedures for Paramedics

Posted by Sam D. Say

Dec 26, 2017 4:30:00 AM

Each shift can present a range of medical emergencies. Myocardial infarctions, strokes, traumatic injuries—you must be ready for anything. And any one of these patients can devolve into a critical suction scenario. The MI may lapse into cardiac arrest; the stroke may render swallowing ineffective; and the trauma patient may have facial injuries producing copious blood in the mouth. You must have suction at the ready, for every patient. Your priority is always a patent airway.

The key aspect of suction readiness is having procedures in place that ensure you are prepared. So let's discuss some of the aspects of emergency suction procedures for paramedics.

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Topics: Emergency medical suction, Emergency Preparedness

The Portable Device Every Paramedic Needs

Posted by Sam D. Say

Dec 21, 2017 4:30:00 AM

When you think back to what EMS equipment used to be like, you can appreciate the vast changes that have taken place. Oxygen bottles were larger, heavier, and a burden to drag on scene. Monitors were clunky and not nearly as sophisticated. And stretchers required back-breaking labor to lift and haul.

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Topics: Handheld portable suction, Emergency medical suction

Every Paramedic’s Plan for Respiratory Arrest

Posted by Sam D. Say

Dec 19, 2017 4:30:00 AM

 

One of the most critical scenarios you will encounter as a paramedic is a patient in respiratory arrest. Whether the arrest is due to a drug overdose, an obstruction preventing a child from moving air, or a gunshot wound to the base of the skull that has knocked out the respiratory centers of the brain, treating respiratory arrest requires preparation, quick action, and the proper equipment. It requires a plan.

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Topics: Emergency medical suction, Emergency Preparedness

Is Your Emergency Unit Ready for Respiratory Emergencies?

Posted by Sam D. Say

Dec 12, 2017 4:30:00 AM

The question of whether or not your emergency unit is ready for respiratory emergencies may seem redundant. Of course you are, right? You have the proper certifications and training, a truck laden with fancy equipment, and a brain bursting with knowledge and experience. What else is there, you ask?

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Topics: Emergency medical suction, Emergency Preparedness

Why Include a Portable Suction Pump in Your Pedi Bag?

Posted by Sam D. Say

Dec 7, 2017 4:30:00 AM

 

Let's face it: Pediatric patients can be intimidating. They're small, they cry a lot, they require different medication dosages, and, fortunately, we don't run into them with great frequency.

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Topics: Handheld portable suction, Emergency medical suction

When to Perform Nasotracheal Suctioning

Posted by Sam D. Say

Dec 5, 2017 4:30:00 AM

 

We all know what an important role suctioning plays in airway management. Imagine treating a respiratory, trauma, or cardiac arrest patient without the aid of suction. Impossible, right? Effective nasotracheal suctioning can mean the difference between a patent and non-patent airway. It can also mean the difference between life or death for your patient.

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Topics: Emergency medical suction, nasotracheal intubation

Critical Steps in Treating Patients with Head Injuries Using an Emergency Suction Pump

Posted by Sam D. Say

Nov 30, 2017 4:30:00 AM

 

When you think about treating patients with head injuries, using an emergency suction pump may not be the first thing that comes to mind. Certainly, airway is your main priority, but we tend to focus more on level of consciousness, spinal immobilization, and assessing for additional trauma than we do on portable suction.

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Topics: Emergency medical suction, EMS suction, Emergency Preparedness