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 Purpose of Suctioning Patients During Sedation

Posted by Sam D. Say

Oct 2, 2019 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 may require sedation in some emergency medicine scenarios. 

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Topics: Medical Suction

How to Prevent Aspiration Under Dental Anesthesia

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 19, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Since 1955, 218 people have died under general anesthesia, including multiple children. In several cases, aspiration was a contributing factor or even the cause of death. This is a small mortality rate compared to the millions of dental procedures performed annually. But no death is an acceptable outcome in dentistry, and aspiration is almost always a preventable tragedy, or at least a treatable one. A few simple strategies can mitigate the risk and ensure safe patient outcomes. 

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4 Reasons Dentists Need to Use a Medical Suction Pump During Oral Surgery

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 10, 2019 8:00:00 AM

A medical suction pump is a key piece of equipment during oral surgery. The right suction pump improves patient outcomes, reduces the risk of complications, and can promptly intervene in the event of a serious dental emergency. Here are some key reasons dentists should invest in a quality medical suction machine. 

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A Comprehensive Guide to the Various Types of Suctioning

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 4, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Virtually every medical office worker, dental care provider, hospital employee, or first responder must use medical suctioning. Suctioning can be an important emergency intervention as well as a key aspect of routine care. The type of suctioning a provider must use depends on many factors, including the health of the patient, the type of suctioning machine available, and the reason for suctioning. Understanding the various types of suctioning you might use can help you choose the right tools and ensure you and your team are always well-trained on the latest techniques. 

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

Posted by Sam D. Say

Aug 28, 2019 10:23:44 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 2018, natural disasters claimed more than 10,000 lives worldwide. Infections and diseases such as HIV/AIDS, food and waterborne illnesses, and the flu can also trigger widespread public health catastrophes. 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 disasters. 

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness

8 Signs of Dying from Aspiration Pneumonia

Posted by Sam D. Say

Aug 14, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Mortality estimates for aspiration pneumonia vary. At least 5 percent of people who are hospitalized for aspiration will die. Among those with other complications, such as emphysema, the mortality rate rises to 20 percent or higher. Among geriatric populations, mortality skyrockets. A 2013 study of elderly patients put 30-day mortality at 21 percent. First responders, doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers must always treat aspiration pneumonia as a medical emergency with a high mortality risk. Diligent airway management can prevent aspiration pneumonia in many emergent and surgical scenarios, and prompt emergency intervention can reduce aspirate volume in people actively aspirating. 

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Topics: Aspiration

6 Precautions to Take When Using the Suctioning Procedure in Nursing

Posted by Sam D. Say

Aug 7, 2019 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. A few simple precautionary measures can reduce the risk and improve patient outcomes. 

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The Best Dental Suction Techniques to Use in Oral Surgery

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jul 31, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Fear of visiting the dentist and undergoing oral surgery can make patients reluctant to seek dental care and increase their discomfort when they do. Many Americans suffer from some form of dental anxiety. Oral surgery to treat cavities, infections, broken teeth, and jaw and gingival health issues are among the most common medical procedures. 

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Topics: Medical Suction for Dental

The Role of Capnography in Medical Suction

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jul 24, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Medical providers have long used pulse oximeters as a quick and easy way to assess blood oxygen levels. But the amount of CO2 a person expires is an equally useful piece of information that provides key details about ventilation. Capnography is now widely available in the field and provides clear data about the amount of CO2 expired at each stage of respiration. Using capnography during medical suction can reduce the risk of hypoxia and provide additional details about patients at risk of serious suction-related complications

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The Link Between Suctioning and Blood Pressure

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jul 17, 2019 8:00:00 AM

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