4 Types of Natural Disasters and Their Specific Injuries

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 15, 2020 12:07:29 PM

For many people there is nothing more beautiful than watching Mother Nature in action. Witnessing the raw power of 30 foot waves crashing against the beach or taking a boat down a winding river while it cuts its way through a valley can be amazing experience. Unfortunately, sometimes that raw power manifests itself as a natural disaster. The following is an overview of 4 types of natural disasters and the specific injuries that are common for a hospital to encounter.

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Topics: Hospital disaster preparation

Protecting Yourself from COVID-19 While Suctioning Patients

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 10, 2020 7:00:00 AM

 

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Topics: Portable suction for hospitals, Emergency medical suction, Medical Suction

3 Ways to Keep Hospital Power Loss from Crippling Patient Care

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 8, 2020 2:00:47 PM

If your hospital experiences a total power outage, you still need to provide patient care. You might be able to navigate the darkened rooms with a flashlight and emergency lighting, but how will you oxygenate that ventilated patient? How will you suction him?

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Topics: Hospital disaster preparation, Battery-powered suction

The Top 4 Reasons Hospitals Need Battery-Powered Aspirators

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 3, 2020 8:36:24 AM

Although most hospitals have in-wall suction, there are situations when rechargeable or alkaline battery-powered aspirators are a better alternative, or possibly even the only option. When those situations arise, you need to be confident that portable suction units are ready to operate and that they can provide the level of suction you need for any type of patient, including children and neonates.

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Prehospital Airway Suction Considerations for Seizures

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 1, 2020 7:15:00 AM

Seizures are a common emergency. First responders frequently encounter children having febrile seizures, epileptic seizures, and seizures due to brain anomalies such as dementia or brain lesions. In most cases, the seizure itself is not dangerous, but the medical condition that caused it may be. 

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Topics: Emergency medical suction, Airway management

Updated CPR Guidelines for Individuals with COVID-19

Posted by Sam D. Say

Aug 27, 2020 7:00:00 AM

The rapid worldwide spread of the novel coronavirus has compelled many seemingly impossible choices: Hospital administrators have had to choose between forcing people to die alone and potentially spreading the virus to others; labor and delivery units must now weigh separating birthing people from their partners or risking transmitting the virus to others, including vulnerable infants. Perhaps one of the most challenging conundrums during this pandemic has been managing the simple realities of CPR. 

 

The American Heart Association (AHA) recently changed its CPR guidelines to respond to this emerging crisis. Here’s what you need to know.

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness, medical scenarios

What Flight Medics Need to Know About Airway Management During Transportation

Posted by Sam D. Say

Aug 25, 2020 7:00:00 AM

Flight medics face some of the highest job stress levels of any first responders. They are often responding to patients for whom seconds matter. In this rapidly changing environment, diligent airway management is critical, particularly for trauma survivors, neonates, and people with serious respiratory health conditions. 

 

The airway can decompensate quickly, so even if a patient is not experiencing respiratory distress at the first encounter, you must monitor their airway for the duration of the flight. Here’s what you need to know.

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Topics: Emergency medical suction, Airway management, Patient Transport

5 Tips for Suctioning a Bariatric Patient

Posted by Sam D. Say

Aug 20, 2020 7:00:00 AM

Overweight or obese patients can present suctioning difficulties. Because most American adults are overweight or obese, medical providers must train in the treatment of bariatric patients. These patients are highly susceptible to airway difficulties, particularly during surgery. The following strategies can help you effectively suction bariatric patients, even when they present with difficult airways.

 

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Topics: Emergency medical suction, Emergency Preparedness, Medical Suction

Respiratory Distress in Patients with a CPAP: What You Need to Know

Posted by Sam D. Say

Aug 18, 2020 7:00:00 AM

Most patients know only about continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) as a treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. But in emergency medicine, CPAP has many uses, particularly for neonates with respiratory distress. 

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Topics: Respiratory, respiratory assessment

Emergency Preparedness: The Fallout from Coronavirus

Posted by Sam D. Say

Aug 13, 2020 7:00:00 AM

The COVID-19 crisis has fundamentally shifted the emergency medicine landscape. Providers are exhausted, afraid, and overwhelmed by an increasingly taxed health system. Patients’ lives hang in the balance, and research shows that they’re just as afraid. Fear of the novel coronavirus is now keeping patients with emergency symptoms away from the emergency room. 

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Topics: Emergency medical suction, Emergency Preparedness