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.

The Small Hospital’s Guide: Preparing for Patient Surges in Disasters

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 17, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Hospitals can generally anticipate an increase in patient volume following a disaster in the community. However, as disasters such as Hurricane Ida have demonstrated, this surge may persist even beyond the immediate influx of patients, especially if there is significant local damage. From dialysis centers to ambulatory care clinics to outpatient chemotherapy–if other health care facilities are inoperable, those patients will rely on the nearest hospital for their medical needs.

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Topics: Patient Transport, Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness: 6 Recent Studies

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 15, 2021 8:00:00 AM

The transition to a new year is a fine time to revisit emergency preparedness plans—both for your agency or organization and for the larger community you serve. These six recent emergency preparedness studies should inform your own planning, as well as your educational efforts within your community. These emergency management trends can help you stay ahead of the curve. 

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness

Be Prepared for Emergency Airway Suctioning as Flu and Pneumonia Season Begins

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 14, 2021 10:04:49 AM

 

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Topics: Respiratory

The 3 Reasons In-Wall Medical Suction Isn't Good Enough

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 10, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Even in a brand new hospital with all of the latest technology, systems are not completely foolproof. As a medical professional, the more you can anticipate problems, the more prepared you will be to handle them and advanced planning may help avoid a potential crisis.

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Topics: Medical Suction

Summertime Natural Disasters: Be Prepared

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 8, 2021 8:00:00 AM

 

The total cost of natural disasters reached more than $268 billion worldwide in 2020. Catastrophes such as hurricanes, wildfires, droughts, floods, and earthquakes displace millions of people every year and send thousands to emergency departments.

Climate change, increasingly crowded urban centers, and failing infrastructure all play a role in exacerbating the effect of these disasters. Yet many EMS departments remain woefully unprepared. Don’t wait for a natural disaster to hit your area–prepare now, because once disaster strikes, it’s too late and lives can be lost.

 

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness

As Students Return to School, a Reminder on Pediatric Respiratory Risks

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 7, 2021 11:50:58 AM

 

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Topics: respiratory assessment, Anaphylaxis

Disaster Nursing and Emergency Preparedness: The Role of Public Health Nurses

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 3, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Massive health disasters are increasingly common. As climate change accelerates, so too will the rate at which people die or are injured because of climate-related natural disasters. In 2020, natural disasters claimed more than 8,000 lives worldwide. Infections and contagious diseases,  food and waterborne illnesses, global pandemics, and even the flu can trigger widespread public health catastrophes. 

In addition, illnesses are increasingly intersecting with natural disasters to produce serious emergencies. Natural disasters displace people, cause crowded conditions, and increase the risk of poor sanitation, allowing disease to more rapidly spread. Public health nurses play a critical role in educating the public and providing support to those recovering from various disaster scenarios.

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness

5 Safety Tips for Using Medical Suction Devices in Hospitals

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 2, 2021 5:30:00 AM

 

Yet again, hospital emergency departments and intensive care units are becoming overwhelmed. Doctors, nurses and medical personnel are being asked to go above and beyond to protect patients — and to do it quickly.

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Topics: Portable suction for hospitals, Handheld portable suction

The 4 Resources Hospital Emergency Preparedness Experts Rely On

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 1, 2021 8:00:00 AM

To prepare a hospital to function in an emergency means implementation of a multi-faceted process that requires answers to a tremendous number of questions–Where can we create additional patient care areas in an emergency? How will we keep intubated patients safe if the hospital loses power? How can we make our food supply last if delivery trucks cannot get to the hospital?

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness

Obstructive vs. Restrictive Respiratory Diseases

Posted by Sam D. Say

Aug 23, 2021 10:26:44 AM

 

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Topics: airway obstruction