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

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

The Critical Role of Battery-Powered Aspirators During MCIs

Posted by Sam D. Say

Dec 14, 2017 4:30:00 AM

 

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Topics: Battery-powered 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

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

What to Include With Your Portable Suction Device

Posted by Sam D. Say

Nov 28, 2017 4:30:00 AM

Your portable suction device is a vital piece of equipment, yet you may give it little thought on a shift-by-shift basis. We take for granted the critical role it plays in airway patency, assuming there is no need for preplanning or strategizing. But there are some simple steps you can take to ensure your suction unit remains operational, and part of the life-saving lineup you rely on each shift. Let’s discuss some of the strategies employed when deciding what to include with your portable suction device.

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Topics: Handheld portable suction, Emergency medical suction, Emergency Preparedness

Gauging Departmental Needs for Portable EMS Suction Units

Posted by Sam D. Say

Nov 23, 2017 4:30:00 AM

If you serve in an administrative position within your department, you have a lot on your plate. Certifications must be kept up, training requirements must be met, and your personnel must be prepared to respond to an ever-changing EMS landscape, from biological attacks to mass-casualty incidents.

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Topics: Emergency medical suction, EMS suction, Emergency Preparedness

Critical Suction Scenarios for Respiratory Emergency Devices: Are You Prepared?

Posted by Sam D. Say

Oct 26, 2017 4:30:00 AM

 

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Topics: Emergency medical suction, Emergency Preparedness

This Month in Emergency Preparedness News: Special Needs and the Emergency Responder

Posted by Sam D. Say

Oct 9, 2017 4:30:00 AM

 

The lives of people with disabilities have changed dramatically over the past 50 years. Just decades ago, many individuals with disabilities would have been institutionalized; hidden away from society. But with greater understanding and broader social support, those with physical and mental challenges are now leading fuller, longer, and more active lives. Which means that as EMS responders, you will encounter these individuals with greater frequency.

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness

Is Your Medical Suction Plan Ready for an MCI?

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 27, 2017 4:30:00 AM

 

Anybody in emergency medical services knows the critical role pre-planning plays in the success of your operations. As an emergency responder, you must be ready to confront a wide range of critical situations. It is not enough to learn from your mistakes—you must actively pursue training and educational opportunities that provide real-world situations and responses.

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Topics: Emergency medical suction, Emergency Preparedness, Medical Suction