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AboutSam D. Say

Sam D. Say is owner and CEO of SSCOR, Inc., a medical device manufacturer specializing in emergency battery operated portable suction devices for the hospital and pre-hospital settings. Mr. Say has been involved in developing product for healthcare providers for over 35 years. His passions include contributing to the management of the patient airway and providing solutions that save lives in difficult conditions.

What is a Yankauer Suction Catheter?

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 23, 2024 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 of 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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Topics: Medical Suction

What Every EMT Should Already Know About Basic Airway Management

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 18, 2024 8:00:00 AM

Your BLS engine company is dispatched to a “difficulty breathing” call and your ALS rescue is still in the process of delivering their previous patient to the hospital. Dispatch is sending the next closest rescue, but the responding unit has just notified you that they are held up by a train.

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Topics: Suction for EMS professionals, EMS suction

Why Is Emergency Preparedness Important?

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 15, 2024 8:00:00 AM

Emergency preparedness is a critical aspect of the job for every medical professional, especially first responders. You’ll be working with people at some of the most difficult times of their lives, often in the wake of immense tragedy or a sudden disaster. Emergency preparedness should guide your work.

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness

5 FAQs About Nasotracheal Suctioning

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 11, 2024 8:00:00 AM

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When your patient cannot mobilize and clear secretions independently, you may need to suction their airway. Your suctioning method 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

The 5 Types of Airway Management Equipment

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 9, 2024 8:00:00 AM

 

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

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Topics: Airway management

The Importance of Suction in Pulmonary Aspiration Emergencies

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 4, 2024 8:00:00 AM

Pulmonary aspiration is a common medical emergency, especially in patients with endotracheal tubes or other aspiration risk factors. In fact, one study found aspiration has been reported in about 25% of intubated patients. Aspiration is a life-threatening medical emergency. Seconds count, so proper suction in a pulmonary aspiration emergency is critical. Here’s what you need to know to save lives.

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Topics: Medical Suction

What Are the Most Common Causes of Upper Airway Obstruction?

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 2, 2024 8:00:00 AM

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Airway obstructions are common. The prevalence and type of airway obstruction varies with age. Children younger than four are more vulnerable to choking-related upper airway obstructions, while adults commonly experience airway obstruction caused by complications from smoking. First responders will inevitably encounter a wide variety of airway obstructions and must be prepared to promptly respond to each with appropriate medical care. Here are the most common causes of upper airway obstruction.

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Topics: Airway management, airway obstruction

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

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 20, 2024 8:00:00 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: Suction for EMS professionals, EMS suction

6 Precautions Nurses Should Take When Suctioning

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 18, 2024 8:00:00 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. Some simple precautionary measures can both reduce risk and improve patient outcomes.

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Topics: Medical Suction

5 Complications of Suctioning and How to Prevent Them

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 13, 2024 8:00:00 AM

Suctioning can prevent a wide range of severe complications and save lives in emergencies. But like all medical procedures, it carries some risks. One analysis found a complication rate of 38.6% in routine endotracheal suctioning, though a less invasive procedure reduced complications to 28.6%. However, small changes in technique, such as appropriately pre-oxygenating patients before suctioning, can reduce the risk of complications. Most common suctioning side effects are preventable. Here are the strategies your agency can implement today to improve patient safety. 

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Topics: Medical Suction