4 Signs a Patient on a Mechanical Ventilator Requires Suctioning

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 13, 2021 9:36:31 AM

After a successful intubation, your patient is mechanically ventilated with a patent airway and his vital signs stabilize. While transporting your patient, you notice a sawtooth pattern to the ventilator waveform. The patient’s cough is not “junky” and his oxygen saturation remains stable. You may be thinking your patient needs some sedation to help him synchronize with the ventilator. But hold on—perhaps you are missing something.

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Topics: Medical Suction

Trauma Kit Supplies Every EMT Should Have

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 11, 2021 6:38:00 AM

 

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness, Tactical trauma kit, Trauma

6 Suction Catheter Uses

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 6, 2021 8:52:59 AM

A suction catheter is one of the most versatile, useful pieces of medical equipment in your supply bag. Whether it’s preventing emergencies before they start or offering life-saving treatment when a person cannot effectively breathe on their own, the right suction catheter is critical to doing your job. Here are 6 key suction catheter uses. 

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Topics: Suction Catheter

How to Create an Emergency Patient Transport Plan

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 5, 2021 6:35:14 AM

 

Hospitals and long-term care facilities pride themselves on being equipped to handle most emergencies, from power outages to storms. However, evacuations because of natural disasters are actually quite common.

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness

6 Precautions to Take When Using the Suctioning Procedure in Nursing

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 29, 2021 8:48:57 AM

Sooner or later, every nurse must suction a patient. For nurses who work in intensive care units or emergency care or who support patients with spinal cord injuries, suctioning may be a daily part of the job. When suctioning becomes routine, it’s easy to lose sight of the risks. A few simple precautionary measures can reduce the risk and improve patient outcomes. 

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Topics: Medical Suction

What is an Emergency Aspirator, and When Should it be Used?

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 27, 2021 7:15:00 AM

 

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Topics: Emergency medical suction, Emergency Preparedness

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

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 22, 2021 8:44:55 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: Suction for EMS professionals, EMS suction

How to Choose the Right Suction Strategy for Every Patient Every Time

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 20, 2021 5:15:00 AM

Suctioning can be life saving, and may prevent serious complications in the dental office or surgical suite. But suctioning can also be painful and traumatic, especially if the first attempt fails. Suction complications are common and become more likely when you use the wrong suction strategy. These tips can help you choose the right suction strategy for every patient every time. 

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Topics: Portable suction for hospitals, Medical Suction, portable suction

5 FAQs About Nasotracheal Suctioning

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 15, 2021 8:41:59 AM

 

When your patient cannot mobilize and clear secretions on his own, you may need to suction his airway. Your method of suctioning will depend on whether the patient has an artificial airway and what portion of the airway needs to be cleared.

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Topics: Medical Suction

8 Complications of Endotracheal Suctioning and How to Prevent Them

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 13, 2021 5:15:00 AM

Endotracheal suctioning can reduce morbidity and mortality. But like all medical procedures, endotracheal suctioning carries a risk of complications, particularly when treating vulnerable patients or in the hands of inexperienced providers. 

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