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.

This Month in Emergency Preparedness News: Preparing for the 5 Most Common Holiday Emergencies

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 6, 2018 8:00:00 AM

The weather may still be hot throughout most of the country, but walk into any grocery or home improvement store and you’ll see signs of fall: pumpkins, mums, apple cider, and straw bales. Cooler weather and the holiday season it brings will be here before you know it. Now is the time for emergency management agencies to begin preparing for holiday emergencies. Public outreach can save lives, so consider planning a public education seminar about common holiday emergencies before the temperature begins dropping.

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness

Pulmonary Aspiration: An Overview

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 4, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Pulmonary aspiration presents a serious risk to the elderly and infirm, patients experiencing medical emergencies, intubated patients, and anyone undergoing medical or dental procedures. The right suction unit is the most powerful weapon in the fight against aspiration. Ideally, it can prevent aspiration altogether by maintaining a patent airway. Mortality and morbidity associated with pulmonary aspiration are high, with the most common consequence being aspiration pneumonia. One study suggested the 30-day mortality rate for aspiration pneumonia was 21 percent. Understanding this potentially lethal syndrome is key to preventing and treating it.

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Which Suction Catheter Tip Do You Need?

Posted by Sam D. Say

Aug 30, 2018 4:30:00 AM

The right suction catheter can save patients’ lives. The wrong one can cause pharyngeal injuries, reduce suction power, and even increase morbidity and mortality. Whether you’re purchasing suction catheters for portable use in EMS settings, for the hospital, or for a medical clinic, selecting a variety of tips is key. This strategy ensures that providers always have the right suction catheter on hand. Here are some questions to ask before making your next purchase.

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Topics: Medical Suction

Top 4 Reasons to Use the SALAD Suctioning Technique to Clear an Airway Obstruction

Posted by Sam D. Say

Aug 28, 2018 4:30:00 AM

When patients die during or after an aspiration event, it’s often because of the exposure to airway contaminants, not hypoxia. The risk of death increases with the volume of fluid inhaled. This is why diligent, intelligent suction can prove life-saving, especially in someone with limited mobility who is actively aspirating or vomiting. The right suction device quickly clears airway obstructions with a high rate of flow and powerful suction.

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Topics: Airway management, airway obstruction

Are You Buying a Portable Suction Machine for Your Hospital? Read This First!

Posted by Sam D. Say

Aug 23, 2018 4:30:00 AM

The right portable suction machine is an integral part of patient care. Although most people charged with hospital purchasing are aware of the role of wall-mounted and non-portable suction in patient wellness, they may not consider the importance of portable suction. Before you make this important purchase, here are five facts you need to know.

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Topics: portable suction

7 Factors to Consider When Purchasing A Medical Suction Machine

Posted by Sam D. Say

Aug 21, 2018 4:30:00 AM

A suction machine is a key component of any medical toolkit. In hospital settings, it prevents aspiration and protects the airway during medical procedures ranging from routine to revolutionary. SSCOR offers a range of suction devices for every agency and need.


The right suction machine is an investment in patients’ lives. Here are factors to consider when choosing the right device for your needs.

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Topics: Medical Suction

Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment of Aspiration Pneumonia

Posted by Sam D. Say

Aug 17, 2018 4:30:00 AM


Aspiration pneumonia
has a mortality rate of 5%, and of 20% in populations with emphysema. The secretions patients aspirate are often contaminated with pathogens from the oral cavity, increasing the rate of morbidity and necessitating additional interventions and potentially long hospital stays. Prompt intervention is the key to preventing serious complications associated with aspiration pneumonia. Portable emergency suction can help prevent aspiration pneumonia, as well as its attendant complications.

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Topics: aspiration pneumonia

How To Use SSCOR's Free Medical Aspirator Test Kit

Posted by Sam D. Say

Aug 14, 2018 4:30:00 AM

A medical aspirator that fails to function can do serious harm. Even if the device doesn’t harm patients, it delays treatment, increasing morbidity. Inadequate suction is a major factor in aspiration and hypoxia. 

 

SSCOR’s free medical aspirator test kit offers a cost-effective, efficient way to minimize the problem of non-functioning suction devices.

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Topics: portable suction

This Month in Emergency Preparedness News: Emergency Preparedness for Kids

Posted by Sam D. Say

Aug 8, 2018 4:30:00 AM

 

Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death among children under the age of 15, and when natural disasters strike, children are often the first casualties. The health and social costs of emergencies and natural disasters often last for years or even decades. Floods in South Asia, for instance, left 1.8 million children out of school. This presents the possibility that the floods may affect children for the rest of their lives.

 

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness

Summertime Natural Disasters: Be Prepared

Posted by Sam D. Say

Aug 6, 2018 4:30:00 AM

 

The total cost of natural disasters reached more than $300 billion worldwide in 2017. 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, which show no sign of slowing down. Yet many EMS departments remain woefully unprepared. Don’t wait for a natural disaster to hit your area. The time to begin preparing is now.

 

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness