Why Bring Along the Portable Suction Unit?

Posted by Sam D. Say

Oct 24, 2017 4:30:00 AM

 

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Topics: Handheld portable suction, Emergency medical suction

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

How to Choose the Right Portable Suction Unit

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jul 31, 2017 4:30:00 AM

Anyone in the medical field can attest to the importance of suction. How else could we clear a patient’s airway were it not for the use of suction? When you think of all the arenas in which suction is used—throughout hospitals, in the prehospital setting, and just about any place treatment is provided—it’s impossible to imagine patient care without it.

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Topics: Handheld portable suction, Emergency medical suction

Proper Portable Suction Machine Maintenance: Is Your Unit Ready?

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jun 21, 2017 4:30:00 AM

The call came in the moment you placed your gear on the truck—a high-speed crash at that same dangerous intersection. Police on scene are reporting they have three patients, one of whom is in cardiac arrest. CPR is being administered by bystanders. You hit your siren and respond.

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Three Easy Steps to Extend the Life of Your Portable Aspirator

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 26, 2017 4:30:00 AM

As good stewards of our EMS equipment, we should all be concerned with the life of our gear. Limited budgets mean we must make our equipment last, and when it comes to your portable suction unit, you can take a few simple steps to extend the aspirator's life. We break down these measures into three phases: before, during, and after the call.

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Topics: Portable suction for hospitals, Handheld portable suction

Components of a Portable Suction Machine

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 7, 2017 4:30:00 AM

As an EMS professional, you rely on your equipment. Imagine for a moment what it was like just 50 years ago, when an emergency transport meant simply placing a patient in the back of a makeshift ambulance (typically a station wagon) and driving as fast as you could to a hospital. Things have certainly improved. Not only for our patients, but for providers as well.

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Three Dangerous Portable Suction Machine Mistakes to Avoid

Posted by Sam D. Say

Mar 17, 2017 4:30:00 AM

As an emergency medical professional, you rely on a number of sophisticated tools to treat your patients. From cardiac monitors that defibrillate and cardiovert to drugs that reverse anaphylaxis and pulmonary edema, you are responsible, not only for the benefits, but also the dangers, associated with such therapies. And even the simplest treatment can pose serious harm when not applied properly. A great example is your portable suction machine. Here, we’ll discuss three dangerous mistakes to avoid when applying portable suction in the field.

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Topics: Handheld portable suction

Airway Obstruction, Portable Suction Units, and the Pediatric Patient

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jan 6, 2017 4:30:00 AM

For any emergency responder who has ever run on a “child choking,” you know it is typically a frantic scenario. Not only is it horrific to witness a child who is unable to breathe, but you have mere seconds to correct the event or face an inevitable pediatric code.

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The Ultimate Trauma Bag Contents Checklist for All Seasons

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 26, 2016 4:30:00 AM

It’s a Sunday morning and shift has just begun. You’re chatting over coffee with your coworkers as the new rookie stumbles through the door, arms loaded down with brand new gear and a shiny, unmarred helmet atop his head. You’re whisked back to your first day on the job. Has it really been ten years? How did so much time pass without you noticing?

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Three Best Practices for Portable Suction Machine Maintenance

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jul 27, 2016 4:30:00 AM

Today’s emergency responders have a wealth of technology available to them, enabling them to provide the highest level of service to their patients. Cardiac monitors not only assess heart rhythms and rates, but also gauge a patient’s blood pressure and oxygen saturation; airway adjuncts that can administer 100% oxygen to those suffering from trauma or hypoxia; and an array of medications to treat just about any type of medical emergency.

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Topics: Portable suction for hospitals, Handheld portable suction