Top 8 Medical Suction Training Tips for Your Paramedic Team

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jul 6, 2018 4:30:00 AM

Medical suction can save lives when it’s properly performed. However, improper technique can make an emergency situation worse, causing potentially catastrophic injuries. The right training tips for your paramedic team can maximize their job effectiveness and even save lives. Here’s what your team needs to know about safe medical suction.

 

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5 Injuries You May Encounter in Tactical Medical Scenarios

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jul 3, 2018 4:30:00 AM

 

In 2018 alone, there have been more than 100 mass shootings. Tactical medical response requires a different skill set and approach than that required when an elder falls or a child has a choking episode. Tactical medical injuries are high-stakes, and first responders must provide prompt care in a high-stress environment where split-second decisions can be a matter of life and death.

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Topics: Emergency medical suction, Medical Suction, medical scenarios

Suction Catheter Maintenance: 5 Best Practices to Follow

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jun 25, 2018 4:30:00 AM

More than 5,000 people die from choking each year. Aspiration remains alarmingly common, and accounts for 5-15 percent of community-acquired pneumonia cases. Airway management remains a critical and life-saving tool for EMS responders. According to one study, 1.5 percent of EMS cases in a five-month period involved intubation. Yet 25 percent of intubation attempts failed.

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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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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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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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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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