Portable Medical Suction for Ambulances: 5 Things You Need to Know

Posted by Sam D. Say

Nov 20, 2018 8:00:00 AM

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Topics: Medical Suction

4 Types of Suctioning Machines Every EMS Professional Should Know How to Use

Posted by Sam D. Say

Nov 15, 2018 11:12:00 AM

Airway suctioning is a routine part of a first responder’s job. From preventing aspiration pneumonia to clearing the airway of a drowning victim, the right suction machine is an integral part of your EMS toolkit. Yet many paramedics, EMTs, and other first responders avoid suctioning the airway unless they absolutely have to.

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Topics: EMS suction, Suction for EMS professionals

In Need of CEU Credits? Here are 5 of the Best Paramedic Training Courses

Posted by Sam D. Say

Nov 13, 2018 8:00:00 AM

As every paramedic quickly learns, paramedic training doesn’t end with graduation from paramedic school. The realities of high stakes emergencies demand more attention, thought, and flexibility than the theoretical challenges presented in school. But on-the-job experience is not enough. Continuing education allows you to master new skills, remain abreast of current research, and practice skills you use only infrequently at work.

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Topics: ambulance safety

Airway Obstruction in The Elderly: What You Need to Know

Posted by Sam D. Say

Nov 8, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Age, weak muscle tone, chronic illnesses, and changes in the throat and esophagus increase the rate of airway obstructions in the elderly. A 2010 study that used spirometry measures as a clinical indicator of airway obstructions in patients aged 60-93 found an obstruction rate of 22.5 percent. This suggests that many elders live with partial obstructions that compromise overall function and health. When they experience an injury or illness, it’s easy for a partial obstruction to become a life-threatening full obstruction. Here’s what you need to know.

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Topics: airway obstruction

What is a Yankauer Suction Catheter?

Posted by Sam D. Say

Nov 6, 2018 8:00:00 AM

In 1907, otolaryngologist Sidney Yankauer revolutionized the world of medical suction with his eponymous Yankauer suction catheter. Dr. Yankauer worked at the outpatient surgery department in Mount Sinai hospital and while there, this unassuming ENT specialist invented numerous pieces of medical equipment. Dr. Yankauer is hailed as a medical genius and admired for his prolific publishing output.

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This Month in Emergency Preparedness News: The 5 Most Common Halloween Emergencies

Posted by Sam D. Say

Oct 31, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Pumpkin patches are open, mums are on display on porches across the nation, and kids everywhere are planning their Halloween costumes. Halloween is an exciting time. Not only does it give families a chance to binge on candy and make-believe; it also marks the start of the holiday season. Many kids already have well-developed holiday wish lists by the end of October.

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness

5 Tricks to Perform the Best Respiratory Assessment

Posted by Sam D. Say

Oct 30, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Respiratory assessment is a core component of every EMS professional’s job. Your experience has likely already taught you that factors such as age, exertion, and emotional state can affect a respiratory assessment. You may also realize that the respiratory assessment that neatly tracks a textbook is a rare case indeed. Excellent respiratory assessments require a commitment to comprehensive care and a willingness to adapt based on new information and experiences. Here are five critical components of a skillful respiratory assessment.

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Avoid Portable Suction Failure With These 5 Tips

Posted by Sam D. Say

Oct 26, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Portable suction failure is a major contributor to patient morbidity when first responders otherwise follow correct protocol. A 2013 study published in Prehospital and Disaster Medicine assessed the rate of portable suction failure over two years in more than 9,500 portable suction units. Overall, 2.4 percent failed. This suggests that two in every hundred patients got inadequate care instead of potentially life-saving, prompt suction.

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What Is "Dry Drowning" and How Is It Treated?

Posted by Sam D. Say

Oct 24, 2018 8:00:00 AM

In the popular Showtime series The Affair, a lead character is haunted by the dry drowning death of her young son. Interest in so-called dry drowning has accelerated in recent years, thanks in part to a handful of high-profile cases and fictionalized accounts. While the phenomenon of dry drowning is real, the term is a colloquialism--not a medical diagnosis.

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Topics: aspiration pneumonia

The Importance of Suction in Pulmonary Aspiration Emergencies

Posted by Sam D. Say

Oct 22, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Pulmonary aspiration is a common medical emergency, especially in patients with endotracheal tubes or other aspiration risk factors. One study found an aspiration rate of 3.5 percent of intubated patients. A study of hospitalized patients suggests an even higher prevalence rate and points to the role of swallowing disorders in many aspiration cases.

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