How to Properly Clean A Portable Suction Device

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 30, 2018 4:30:00 AM

 

Ask any emergency responder and they'll tell you the critical role portable suction plays in maintaining airway patency. No other tool can remove blood, vomit, or sputum from the airway, or allow you to visualize the cords prior to intubation.

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Topics: Medical Suction

Key Advantages of Using SALAD Over Other Suctioning Techniques

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 11, 2018 4:30:00 AM

We've all been there: You're working a code in a crowded restaurant—a patron who has just finished a gargantuan meal—and as you set up your intubation equipment, the patient begins to vomit. Luckily, you have your portable suction unit ready, so your partner begins to suction as you prep your tube. But as you position yourself at the head, the patient continues to spew. What should you do? How are you supposed to intubate a patient who is actively vomiting? Impossible, right? No. There is now a technique that enables you to intubate, even in the most difficult conditions.

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Topics: Emergency medical suction, Medical Suction

Getting Familiar with In-Hospital Suction Strategies

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 4, 2018 12:34:49 PM

When you think of in-hospital suction, you probably picture the typical wall-mounted unit that is supplied by vacuum lines piped throughout the building. What may not come readily to mind are portable suction units, but portable suction plays a vital role in the hospital setting. Let's familiarize ourselves with in-hospital suction strategies.

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Topics: Portable suction for hospitals, Medical Suction

Medical Suction Terminology: A Review of Crucial Terms

Posted by Sam D. Say

Mar 30, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Medical suction is one of the most fundamental treatments in emergency response. Whether you are clearing vomit from an unresponsive patient, controlling bleeding in a trauma victim, or visualizing the cords during intubation, your portable suction unit is one of the most important tools in your EMS arsenal.

 

So let’s review a few of the crucial terms in medical suction; some of these focus on the unit itself, and others are related to its role in patient care.

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Topics: Medical Suction

The Dangers of Oropharyngeal Suctioning

Posted by Sam D. Say

Mar 23, 2018 4:30:00 AM

Anyone working in patient care knows how important oropharyngeal suctioning is to maintaining airway patency. Not only does it remove bodily fluids (blood, mucus, saliva, and vomit) from the airway, but it also allows visualization of the cords during intubation—a crucial step in establishing an advanced airway.

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Is It Time to Replace Your Suction Unit?

Posted by Sam D. Say

Mar 21, 2018 4:30:00 AM

The victim was another in a long line—that same dark, narrow stretch of roadway that seems to breed head-on collisions. He was unresponsive, pinned beneath the wreckage of the steering wheel, and bleeding profusely from the mouth. As the crews wrestled the extrication tools, working to pop the door, you cranked on your portable suction unit to clear the airway.

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Topics: Medical Suction

Oropharyngeal vs. Nasopharyngeal Intubation: Pros and Cons

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jan 29, 2018 4:30:00 AM

Oropharyngeal vs. Nasopharyngeal Intubation: Pros and Cons

As an EMS professional, one of the most critical decisions you will make is when to secure an advanced airway. Airway decisions are crucial: they must be expedient, effective, and appropriate.


Today, paramedics have a range of options when it comes to advanced airways. With the advent of the Combitube and the King airway, there are alternatives to oral or nasotracheal intubation. Oral intubation using an endotracheal tube is still considered the airway of choice, but there are situations where nasotracheal intubation is the better alternative.

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Topics: Medical Suction

Potential Winter Suction Scenarios

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jan 24, 2018 4:30:00 AM

As winter approaches, so too does cold and flu season. This time of year usually marks an uptick in emergency room visits and EMS responses, many of which involve a respiratory disorder. And any respiratory emergency can lead to a critical suction scenario. So, to prepare for the long winter ahead, let’s examine some potential winter suction scenarios you may encounter as we await the coming of Spring.

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Topics: Emergency medical suction, Medical Suction

Common Causes of Decreased Level of Consciousness That Can Lead to a Respiratory Emergency

Posted by Sam D. Say

Nov 16, 2017 4:30:00 AM

 

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Topics: Emergency medical suction, EMS suction, Medical Suction

Keeping Your Portable Medical Suction Unit Healthy

Posted by Sam D. Say

Nov 9, 2017 4:30:00 AM

 

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Topics: Handheld portable suction, Medical Suction