Valuable Tips for Suctioning a Trauma Patient

Posted by Sam D. Say

Aug 21, 2017 4:30:00 AM

As you approached the patient, you could see instantly that he had multi-system trauma. While darting across a busy interstate, the young man had been struck by a pickup truck, which was now parked farther up the roadway, its windshield and front bumper exhibiting the damage of a high-speed impact. The patient was unconscious, his limbs splayed. He had massive head and facial trauma and deformity to both legs. Each gasping exhalation produced a bloody froth. Your mind immediately inventoried the injuries and you set to work.

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Topics: EMS suction

Will Your Suction Unit Withstand the Most Extreme Temperatures?

Posted by Sam D. Say

Aug 18, 2017 6:30:00 AM

Emergencies can happen anywhere. Wherever humans go, medical emergencies will follow, regardless of time of day, year, or location. It would be nice if every EMS call occurred indoors, under well lit and environmentally stable conditions. But that's usually not the case. In fact, some medical emergencies are the result of the patient being exposed to extreme weather, which affects not only the patient, but also the rescuers and their equipment. And in the case of vital tools like your portable suction unit, they, like you, had better be up to the task.

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Topics: Emergency medical suction, EMS suction

Why Prioritize Suction Machine Maintenance?

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jul 14, 2017 4:30:00 AM

As an emergency responder, you have a lot of responsibility. You must be ready for anything: critical patients, natural disasters, and the ever-present threat of terrorist attacks. And a key to readiness is maintaining your equipment, for without your tools, you are little help to anyone.

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Topics: EMS suction, Emergency Preparedness

Tips for Performing Oropharyngeal and Nasopharyngeal Suctioning

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 30, 2016 4:30:00 AM

The GI bleed had been going on for some time. By the time you reach the patient – a frail little lady pushing ninety – she was vomiting bright red blood down the front of her nightgown. She was a mess, and having a hard time breathing due to the thick, clotted vomitus streaming from her mouth and nose. You quickly assemble your equipment, which includes a first-rate portable suction unit, and get to work.

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Respiratory Emergencies: When and When Not to Use Suction

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 28, 2016 4:30:00 AM

You are called to the residence in the middle of the night. A frantic father meets you at the door and ushers you upstairs to his son’s room, where you find a four-year-old boy, perched anxiously on the side of his bed. He is braced in a tripod position, his small arms rigidly fixed by his side as he leans forward, drooling into a puddle on the floor. The father noticed a fever last night when he put the boy to bed, but is astounded by the child’s rapid deterioration.

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Five Cases for Portable Suction Machine Use

Posted by Sam D. Say

Aug 25, 2016 4:30:00 AM

Working in healthcare, we have a lot of tools and technology at our disposal. And thank goodness we do! With every new medical advancement, we are able to improve our delivery of safe and efficient patient care.

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Aspiration Pneumonia Prevention: 3 Tips for First Responders

Posted by Sam D. Say

Aug 19, 2016 4:30:00 AM

As a first responder, you are used to making rapid decisions, acting quickly, and treating the acute symptoms of your patient’s illness or injury. Though your fast action is necessary, do you ever stop and think about your patient’s long term outlook? You should. Your actions in the present can affect your patient’s future prognosis.

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Ask a Paramedic: What's Your Pre-Shift Prep Routine?

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 21, 2016 4:30:00 AM

It’s a bright fall morning and you’ve just arrived at your station. The off-going crews are still asleep, no doubt from a previous busy night of calls, so you drop your gear beside the truck and head for the kitchen to make coffee. As the crews filter in, you get caught up in a lively discussion about last night’s football game and before you know it, an hour has slipped by. Suddenly, the tones go off, summoning your station to a cardiac arrest. Chaos ensues as the ongoing crews rush to respond and the off-going crews rip their gear from trucks. The medic you relieve yells something about expired drugs, but there’s no time for details as you race from the station.

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The Paramedic’s Guide to Advanced Airway Management in 2016

Posted by Sam D. Say

Feb 23, 2016 4:30:00 AM

Now that the new year has begun, it’s a great time to consider setting new goals, both personally and professionally. As a paramedic, one of your most important objectives should be skills proficiency. So if you feel a bit rusty or it’s been awhile since you’ve performed some hands-on training, now might be a good time to schedule a course. And there’s no area more critical than advanced airway management.

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What Every EMT Should Already Know About Basic Airway Management

Posted by Sam D. Say

Feb 17, 2016 4:00:00 AM

Your BLS engine company is dispatched to a “difficulty breathing” call and your ALS rescue is still in the process of delivering their previous patient to the hospital. Dispatch is sending the next closest rescue, but the responding unit has just notified you that they are held up by a train. You arrive on scene, grab your O2 bag and jump kit and head inside. You and your fellow EMTs are on your own, at least for the next several minutes. You had better be prepared to assess and initiate treatment for a patient in respiratory distress!

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Topics: Suction for EMS professionals, EMS suction