Finally, A Better Suction Tip for Resuscitation

Posted by Sam D. Say

Mar 7, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Invented in 1907 by Dr. Sidney Yankauer, the Yankauer suction tip has withstood the test of time. The rigid Yankauer suction tip was originally designed to remove blood and secretions from a patient’s oral airway during tonsillectomy procedures. In fact, many practitioners call the Yankauer a “tonsil tip” suction device for this reason.

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Topics: Medical Suction

9 Oral Suctioning Procedure Tips for Safer Patient Care

Posted by Sam D. Say

Mar 5, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Oral suctioning in a controlled environment is one thing, but as a first responder, this is a luxury that just doesn’t happen very often. For patients with an airway emergency requiring intubation, you rely on equipment that is efficient, rugged, and safe in order to quickly and safely intubate and secure your patients’ airways. Effective suctioning makes a difference—perhaps even a life-saving difference—in a resuscitated patient. Aspiration pneumonia can occur in up to 50% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest resuscitations, so what are you to do? Following oral suctioning procedure tips as well as using the best EMS suction equipment available, improves both your efficiency as well as the safe outcomes of your patient.

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What You Need to Know About Pediatric Respiratory Emergencies

Posted by Sam D. Say

Feb 28, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Pediatric respiratory emergencies may make even the most seasoned provider nervous. It’s safe to say that when a child is hurt or sick, the situation becomes more serious. Your pediatric patient is not simply a smaller version of your adult patient. Children require special considerations, especially when a child is experiencing a respiratory emergency. There are a few things to keep in mind about pediatric respiratory emergencies: variations in pediatric airway anatomy, common respiratory emergencies in children, assessment techniques, and equipment choice. Let’s review how all of these factors relate to pediatric respiratory emergencies and how you can be better prepared when facing such an emergency.

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Topics: Respiratory

Oropharyngeal Suctioning Standard Operating Procedure: The Basics

Posted by Sam D. Say

Feb 26, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Airway management is a priority for nurses and first responders alike. A critical component of this is effective airway clearance techniques to manage oropharyngeal secretions. Whether in the field or in a hospital, the how and when of oral suctioning must be mastered in order to ensure the patient's patent airway.

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Airway Anatomy: Upper Airway Problems in Infants

Posted by Sam D. Say

Feb 21, 2019 8:00:00 AM

There is perhaps nothing more terrifying to new parents than breathing problems in an infant. Particularly among newborns, respiratory distress is a common and potentially life-threatening symptom. Key differences in the airways of infants and children make them more susceptible to certain respiratory structures. A keen understanding of upper airway anatomy can help you quickly and safely treat infants in respiratory distress.

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Topics: Airway management

What Rural Hospital Closures Mean for EMS Professionals

Posted by Sam D. Say

Feb 20, 2019 8:00:00 AM

In the last 8 years, rural America has seen 83 hospitals close their doors1, putting added strain on already limited resources and leaving communities without access to emergency healthcare. The remaining hospitals are responsible for a wider radius of territory which has led to increased patient transport time. As a result, first response care has become even more crucial in rural communities when an emergency situation arises and every second counts.

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Topics: Suction for EMS professionals

Mobile Suction for Babies: What You Need to Know

Posted by Sam D. Say

Feb 19, 2019 8:00:00 AM

It’s a scary moment for even the most experienced first responder. The baby has been delivered in the hospital parking lot and isn’t breathing. Or a newborn’s parents call, sobbing, and report that their baby is in respiratory distress. Caring for babies facing respiratory emergencies is emotionally and physically challenging work. That’s because babies’ airways are much smaller than adults’, and the stakes are very high. A respiratory injury to a baby in respiratory distress can prove catastrophic. Here’s what you need to know to provide exceptional care to your most vulnerable patients.

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Topics: Pediatric Suction

When Should You Use an Emergency Aspirator?

Posted by Sam D. Say

Feb 14, 2019 8:50:46 AM

An emergency aspirator can save lives. It can also be intimidating to patients, and first responders may be reluctant to use the device in the absence of clear indications. There is no reason to deny or delay suction to a patient who shows an obvious need. So when should you use an emergency aspirator? The short answer is that an emergency aspirator may be appropriate any time there is any sort of airway obstruction. Read about some of the most common usage indications below.

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Topics: Aspiration

This Month in Emergency Preparedness News: Flu Season Update

Posted by Sam D. Say

Feb 7, 2019 8:00:00 AM

With 30 states now reporting widespread flu activity, January is prime time to revisit flu prevention strategies and sharpen respiratory management skills. More than 7 million people have gotten the flu so far this year, with as many as 83,000 hospitalized because of respiratory complications. Sixteen children have already died. This is in spite of a flu vaccine that appears to be mostly effective this season.

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The Importance of Early Emergency Suction Intervention

Posted by Sam D. Say

Feb 5, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Airway obstructions are common and potentially lethal emergencies, especially among vulnerable populations such as children and geriatrics. In 2005, 19,000 children visited emergency rooms for airway obstruction. Obstruction with a foreign body is the most common type of airway obstruction in young children. Among geriatrics, obstructive airway diseases, dysphagia, and aspiration are more prevalent. The odds of airway obstruction increase with age. One study of geriatric patients found that at least 10 percent of seniors who undergo spirometric studies may have an airway obstruction.

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Topics: EMS suction