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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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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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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"It Won't Turn On:" Preventing Portable Suction Unit Failure

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 11, 2016 4:30:00 AM

portable_suction_3.jpgThe elderly patient began vomiting blood early that morning. You arrive on scene and are rushed inside by the woman’s daughter, who quickly fills you in on the patient’s history: late-stage esophageal cancer. The woman is sitting up in bed, alert and clearly frightened, with bright red blood staining her chin and chest. She is gasping for breath as you quickly set up your equipment, but when you turn on the portable suction unit, nothing happens. You exchange frantic glances with your partner and scramble for a Plan B.

 

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Portable Suction: Why It's Crucial for a Paramedic to have On-Hand

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 28, 2016 4:30:00 AM

The child was pulled from the deep end pulseless and apneic. CPR was initiated immediately, and by the time you and your crew arrive on scene, a faint pulse is detectable. Your partner begins ventilating the patient, when suddenly the child vomits. Your potential save is once again in peril; this time from choking and aspiration. You reach for your portable suction unit and realize you left it on the truck. A crew member races back to the rescue to retrieve it as you log-roll the child onto his side, all the while struggling to ventilate, maintain c-spine, and continue resuscitative efforts. Not a good scenario.

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Buying Portable Suction for Your Facility? Read This First.

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 12, 2016 4:30:00 AM

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Every medical administrator knows that purchasing life-saving equipment is one of the most critical decisions they must make. Whether you work for a large trauma center, a small walk-in clinic, or a rural fire department, the decisions you make when purchasing equipment will directly affect your personnel on the front lines. And one of the most important pieces of equipment in your life-saving arsenal is the portable suction unit.

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