4 Difficult Airway Management Strategies for the New Year

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jan 21, 2021 6:30:00 AM

Have you ever been in a code situation where there were multiple failed intubation attempts on a patient? If so, you aren’t likely to forget it. Managing a difficult airway is one of the most challenging circumstances for even the most seasoned medical professional. 

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Topics: Airway management

Airway Management for Patients with Sleep Apnea

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jan 19, 2021 7:15:00 AM

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a chronic medical condition that affects a person’s nighttime breathing. This can lead to fatigue, dry mouth, and issues with daytime wakefulness. Sleep apnea also correlates with a higher risk of serious health problems, including stroke, heart attack, respiratory disease, pneumonia, and premature death. 

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Topics: Airway management

Clearing the Airway: Choosing the Right Suction Strategy for the Right Patient

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jan 14, 2021 6:30:00 AM

Suctioning a patient’s airway is not a “one size fits all” procedure. Whether to clear secretions that the patient cannot mobilize, remove vomitus or foreign materials from the pharynx or trachea, or to maintain the patency of an artificial airway, some suction strategies will work better than others for a particular situation.  

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Topics: Emergency medical suction

4 Ways COVID-19 Has Changed Airway Management

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jan 12, 2021 7:15:00 AM

In a matter of weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic transformed from a hypothetical concern to something that upended lives across the globe. First responders were suddenly risking their lives to tend to patients. Families across the nation holed up in their houses, hoping to save lives. The world may never be the same. Unsurprisingly, airway management has shifted quite a bit in the intervening months, too. Here are some of the changes we’re seeing. 

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Topics: Airway management

The Most Important Disasters Rural Hospitals Must be Prepared For

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jan 7, 2021 6:30:00 AM

Preparing for a disaster is an enormous undertaking since there are always so many unknowns. For rural hospitals, this challenge is further amplified due to issues such as remote location, limited resources, and staffing shortages. Yet by actively preparing for the types of disasters that rural hospitals are most likely to face, such difficulties can be lessened.

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness

EMS Industry Trends to Expect in 2021

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jan 5, 2021 7:15:00 AM

2020 put emergency medical services (EMS) at the forefront of just about everyone’s minds. Neighbors erected banners celebrating emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and doctors, as healthcare workers saw enormous early death tolls in the wake of the pandemic. COVID continues to rip through communities and will figure prominently in the industry through at least the first half of 2021. 

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Topics: EMS Professionals

4 Ways to Tell Your Hospital Needs Portable Medical Suction

Posted by Sam D. Say

Dec 31, 2020 7:00:00 AM

In October of 2012, superstorm Sandy hit New York City with a vengeance. As area hospitals braced for the storm’s impact, administrators had no reason to fear their back-up generators would fail to function if the city’s power grid went down.

 

They were wrong.

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Topics: Portable suction for hospitals, Hospital disaster preparation

Suctioning 101: What We Learned in 2020

Posted by Sam D. Say

Dec 29, 2020 7:30:00 AM

Suctioning has long been a mainstay of both emergency and routine medical care, but in 2020, it truly came into its own. On a given team, there might have been one or two suctioning experts. But in the wake of the pandemic, every member of every team needed to become a skilled, compassionate expert at suctioning patients. 

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Topics: Suction for EMS professionals

Checking the Status of Your Portable Suction Unit

Posted by Sam D. Say

Dec 24, 2020 7:00:00 AM

Medical professionals must be sure that all lifesaving equipment is operational when needed. You have protocols that dictate equipment inspections and checks. Some checks must be done at the beginning of each shift, and some must be scheduled on a less frequent basis. But your patients and your agency are counting on you to make sure that your equipment is functional at the critical time.


What tests are appropriate for portable emergency suction?

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How Dental Suctioning Has Changed Due to COVID-19

Posted by Sam D. Say

Dec 22, 2020 7:30:00 AM

The COVID-19 crisis has radically shifted much about how we live, with reverberations that will continue well after the pandemic ends. Dentistry practices are vital to health and well-being. Here’s how dental suctioning has changed due to COVID-19. 

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Topics: Medical Suction for Dental