What to Know About Suctioning a Patient with COPD

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 27, 2022 8:00:00 AM

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of disease-related death in the United States. Though people of widely varying health profiles can develop this disorder, it is more common among people who smoke. First responders in the Deep South and in other regions where smoking is common may regularly encounter patients with COPD. Suctioning these patients demands skill and compassion. Here’s what you need to know about suctioning a patient with COPD.

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Topics: Airway management

Alkaline Batteries - A Good Friend in an Emergency

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 26, 2022 9:49:41 AM

The more I work with alkaline batteries, the more impressed that I become. Packed in this compact cylinder is a modern miracle.

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Topics: Battery-powered suction

The Purpose of Suctioning Patients During Sedation

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 23, 2022 8:00:00 AM

With the advent of minimally invasive in-office procedures, patients are increasingly choosing sedation instead of general anesthesia. Sedation exists on a continuum, ranging from very mild sedation to deep sedation, but it is generally safer than anesthesia and requires a shorter recovery time. Patients also may require sedation in some emergency medicine scenarios.

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Topics: Medical Suction

The Dangers of Oropharyngeal Suctioning

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 20, 2022 8:00:00 AM

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Topics: Medical Suction

Celebrating National EMS Week with Safety Tips

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 16, 2022 6:00:00 AM

 

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Topics: ambulance safety

Managing Airways Following a Vehicle Accident

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 11, 2022 5:45:00 AM

 

Although it’s an issue with year-round importance, April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, drawing attention to the leading cause of vehicle accidents in the United States. 

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Topics: Airway management, Suction for EMS professionals

Airway Management and the Overdose Patient

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 9, 2022 8:00:00 AM

Anyone in the medical field can attest to an epidemic sweeping our country: opioid overdose. This lethal condition has touched every region of the US and is now a leading cause of death–even greater than a car accident. The White House recently proclaimed it a national health crisis, with good reason. If you're an EMS responder, it is simply a matter of time before you are faced with this situation. 

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Topics: Airway management

Tips For Avoiding Aspiration Pneumonia

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 6, 2022 8:00:00 AM

You are called to the nursing home to treat a “patient choking.” Upon arrival, you are rushed to the room of an elderly man who has suffered three previous strokes, resulting in limited mobility and significant speech impairment. Fortunately, the patient is no longer choking. Swift action on the part of the staff prevented an airway obstruction, and the patient is now resting comfortably. But is he truly out of danger? 

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Topics: Medical Suction

Identifying and Treating Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 4, 2022 6:15:00 AM

 

It’s a weekend night, and you're on your way to the home of a married couple. The husband reported that his wife fainted while they were making dinner, adding that he has a dull headache and feels weak. Based on these symptoms, you suspect the husband and wife may have carbon monoxide poisoning, so you’ll have to act quickly, and the patients’ airways may require treatment.

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Topics: emt scenarios

Performing Respiratory Assessments on Geriatric Patients

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 27, 2022 7:15:00 AM

 

It’s a Sunday evening, and your team is alerted by dispatch that a 73-year-old woman was eating dinner at her son's house when she started having chest pain and difficulty breathing. She's still conscious but is in a good deal of discomfort, and you know that you’ll have to perform a respiratory assessment upon arrival. While riding to the scene, you also start thinking about the special considerations you’ll need to take during the assessment because of the patient’s age.

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