Who Should Decide When It's Time to Replace a Medical Suction Machine?

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 17, 2017 4:30:00 AM

Anyone who works in the medical field knows how crucial his or her equipment is to the success of patient care. Your job would be impossible without the tools you depend on each day. From IV equipment to monitoring devices, modern medicine is dependent upon an array of gear, and one of the most fundamental pieces of equipment is the medical suction machine.

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Three Suctioning Techniques That Are Most Effective

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 12, 2017 4:30:00 AM

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The History of the Yankauer Suction Tip and Where Med Tech Is Today

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 2, 2017 4:30:00 AM

Medicine is an ever-changing landscape. As technology improves, new equipment is created that performs better, is safer, and easier to use. Yet, some devices withstand the test of time and have been with us for decades.

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How Does a Medical Suction Machine Work?

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 21, 2017 4:30:00 AM

Have you ever stopped to think about the fact that one of your most important pieces of EMS equipment is also one of your simplest? Such is the case with medical suction machines. The ability to generate effective negative pressure that is then channeled via a portable suction unit means that even the most clogged airway can be cleared. And there’s nothing that can replace this most valuable of machines.

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Oral Suctioning Procedure Basics: What You Need to Know

Posted by Sam D. Say

Mar 29, 2017 4:30:00 AM

The code is going smoothly. Good CPR is being delivered, and IVs have been established, allowing you to give first-round drugs. And although you don’t have the patient intubated, your partner is bagging effectively, you have good chest rise, and the capnography waveform is textbook. Suddenly, the patient’s entire stomach contents erupt. The firefighter doing CPR is doused, the airway is now obstructed, and your perfect code is spinning out of control.

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Best Practices for Nasotracheal Suctioning

Posted by Sam D. Say

Mar 23, 2017 4:30:00 AM

When you think of suctioning, you generally think of a straightforward, yet lifesaving, procedure. For the most part, it is a relatively basic skill that can make a world of difference in your patient’s outcome. But even the simplest treatments must be performed using proper technique. As a quick review, the airway is divided into upper and lower structures.

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The Importance of Quality Portable Suction Accessories

Posted by Sam D. Say

Mar 15, 2017 1:23:22 PM

Anyone who has ever used a portable suction unit knows the importance of power and reliability. Suction units, like any other piece of lifesaving equipment, must be durable, effective, and able to tackle the most difficult of airways.

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How to Choose an Emergency Aspirator

Posted by Sam D. Say

Mar 7, 2017 4:30:00 AM

The scene is chaotic. You’ve responded to the community pool for a “patient not breathing” and find a young boy, no older than 10, in full cardiac arrest after being pulled from the bottom by bystanders. Good CPR is being delivered, but all eyes are on you as you quickly set up your equipment. As your partner hooks up the monitor, you whip open the portable suction unit to clear the copious amount of water erupting from the patient’s mouth. You flip on the switch and…nothing. You fiddle with the knob, but your suction unit is dead. The crowd stares in horror as you struggle to come up with Plan B.

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Five Tips for Improving Suction Technique

Posted by Sam D. Say

Feb 24, 2017 4:30:00 AM

No matter how long you’ve worked in healthcare, you know there is always room for improvement when it comes to skills. We practice intubation procedures, review drug protocols, and simulate mega-codes, all for the sake of sharpening our techniques and refreshing our knowledge base. In the ever-changing world of medicine, you can never stop learning.

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Enhance Patient Safety with Medical Suction Requirements

Posted by Sam D. Say

Feb 22, 2017 4:30:00 AM

Effective oral and nasal suctioning is a proven lifesaving treatment. When faced with an obstructed airway, due to blood, vomit, or secretions, there is no substitute for suctioning.

 

We’re all familiar with the proper steps in suctioning, but perhaps it’s been awhile since you’ve performed this vital skill. So, in an effort to enhance patient safety, let’s review some medical suction requirements so that we reduce some of its potential complications.

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