Obstructive vs. Restrictive Respiratory Diseases

Posted by Sam D. Say

Aug 18, 2022 5:30:00 PM

 

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Topics: airway obstruction

Airway Management Considerations When Treating Patients with Lung Cancer

Posted by Sam D. Say

Aug 17, 2022 6:15:00 AM

 

The American Cancer Society estimates there will be over 130,000 lung cancer deaths in the U.S. in 2022. This year, patients, providers and family members around the globe observed World Lung Cancer Day on August 1, which served as an opportunity to learn more about the disease and those affected as well as share resources to educate as many people as possible about risks, symptoms and treatment. 

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Topics: EMS Professionals

Top 8 Medical Suction Training Tips for Your Paramedic Team

Posted by Sam D. Say

Aug 16, 2022 8:00:00 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 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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Topics: Medical Suction

Are You Buying a Portable Suction Machine for Your Hospital? Read This First!

Posted by Sam D. Say

Aug 12, 2022 8:00:00 AM

The right portable suction machine is an integral part of patient care. Those charged with hospital purchasing are well aware of the role of wall-mounted and non-portable suction in patient wellness, but they may not consider the importance of portable suction. Before you make this essential purchase, here are five facts you need to know about portable suction.

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Topics: portable suction

Patients with a Damaged Airway: What You Need to Know

Posted by Sam D. Say

Aug 10, 2022 5:30:00 AM

 

A variety of obstacles can make suctioning an airway difficult during an emergency or before an intubation procedure — not the least of which is damage to the upper chest or trachea. 

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A Brief Guide to Vaping, Respiratory Health and Airway Treatment

Posted by Sam D. Say

Aug 8, 2022 7:00:00 AM

 

The use of e-cigarettes, or vapes, has become extremely popular in the United States. Among the top reasons, many see vaping as a healthier alternative to smoking traditional tobacco cigarettes — and given what we know about the latter, there is certainly some accuracy to that. 

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Topics: respiratory assessment

How to Hyperoxygenate Before Suctioning

Posted by Sam D. Say

Aug 4, 2022 8:00:00 AM

Hypoxia is one of the most common suctioning complications. It’s also preventable in most scenarios. Hyperoxygenate a patient prior to suctioning to reduce the risk of hypoxia as well as other suctioning complications. Here’s what you need to know about the process. 

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Topics: Medical Suction

The Critical Care Nurse's Guide to Aspiration Pneumonia Prevention

Posted by Sam D. Say

Aug 3, 2022 8:00:00 AM

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Topics: Airway management

Preparing for Airway Emergencies During Tracheostomies

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jul 27, 2022 6:15:00 AM

 

Many people, from infants and children to adults with certain medical conditions, rely on tracheostomies for breathing assistance. A tracheostomy — which involves placing a tube through the front of the neck into the windpipe (trachea) to provide an air passage — is necessary in many cases, but it can also come with various risks and airway management concerns for patients and their providers. 

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness

Is Your Hospital Prepared For A Disaster?

Posted by Sam W. Say

Jul 25, 2022 8:00:00 AM

Today’s hospitals must be ready for everything. Whether it means complying with the 250 yard rule, or dealing with a regional or national disaster, or, as has been made so painfully clear, managing the patient surge generated by a national pandemic like COVID, hospitals must be prepared. Unfortunately, disaster can take many forms: earthquakes, floods, disease, and acts of terrorism are just a few. Since there is no such thing as a “normal disaster,” hospitals must be prepared to handle anything the world throws at them. In this article, we will discuss four obstacles a hospital can face when a disaster strikes:

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Topics: Hospital disaster preparation