5 Complications That Can Happen When Using a Portable Aspirator

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jan 31, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Portable aspirators are an important tool in every first responder’s kit. They’re the first line of defense against aspiration and respiratory obstructions. Yet no medical procedure is without risk, especially with inadequate training or a rushed approach to care. First responders must continually drill the use of portable aspirators so that they're prepared to intervene in an emergency; otherwise, patients can suffer from preventable iatrogenic injuries, some of which can even prove life-threatening. Individualized treatment, thoughtful and comprehensive assessment, and skillful use of portable aspirators can greatly reduce the risk of injury.

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Topics: medical scenarios

This Month in Emergency Preparedness News: Allergies

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jan 29, 2019 8:00:00 AM

It may still be frigid in your region of the country, but warmer weather is on the way, and soon frozen ground will give way to daffodils and crocuses. Families across the country are already planning spring vacations. Those vacations bring new experiences, new foods, and new exposure to allergens. For some people, these new allergen exposures can trigger a potentially lethal anaphylactic reaction. Now is the time to brush up on allergy management skills so your team can be prepared.

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness

Best Types of Suction Units for Ambulances

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jan 24, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Prehospital suctioning of critically ill patients is a core skill that all first responders must master. Before the advent of suction machines, patients were faced with the terrifying realities of inadequate or nonexistent suction. Now, first responders have a number of options.

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Topics: portable suction

What Are the Signs of Respiratory Distress in Newborns?

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jan 22, 2019 8:00:00 AM

For adults and children, respiratory diseases are typically just a minor annoyance. For neonates, they can be fatal. Respiratory distress is a leading cause of death in newborns, particularly premature infants. In addition to infectious causes, it can also occur in the moments following birth. About 7 percent of neonates experience respiratory distress shortly after being born.

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Topics: Respiratory

What Types of Airway Management Equipment Are There?

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jan 17, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Airway management is a critical component of every first responder’s job. From clearing the airway of secretions to managing complex aspiration cases and assessing causes of respiratory distress, the right equipment is key.

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Topics: Airway management

The Top 7 Things You’re Forgetting in Your EMS Trauma Kit

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jan 15, 2019 8:00:00 AM

It’s an expression so familiar that it seems ridiculous even to mention: a failure to plan is a plan to fail. This aphorism pervades for a reason: it’s true. If you don’t have basic trauma supplies on hand, you lose precious time when tending to patients. When lives hang in the balance, time is often the most valuable asset you have.

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Topics: Tactical trauma kit

Tracheal Trauma Airway Management

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jan 10, 2019 8:00:00 AM

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Topics: Respiratory

What Are The Signs Of Respiratory Distress in Children?

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jan 8, 2019 8:00:00 AM

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Topics: Respiratory

This Month in Emergency Preparedness News: New Year’s Resolutions

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jan 2, 2019 8:00:00 AM

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness

7 Errors Nurses Make When Operating a Suction Machine

Posted by Sam D. Say

Dec 26, 2018 8:00:00 AM

 

Operating a suction machine demands skill and precision. Yet many nurses only perform suctioning at times of high stress and chaos, such as in a tactical medical scenario or on a patient who has aspirated. Suction errors are preventable, but can also be catastrophic. According to research published in 2016, medical error is the third leading cause of death in the United States.

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Topics: Medical Suction