What to Know About Suctioning a Patient with COPD

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 27, 2022 8:00:00 AM

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of disease-related death in the United States. Though people of widely varying health profiles can develop this disorder, it is more common among people who smoke. First responders in the Deep South and in other regions where smoking is common may regularly encounter patients with COPD. Suctioning these patients demands skill and compassion. Here’s what you need to know about suctioning a patient with COPD.

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Topics: Airway management

Managing Airways Following a Vehicle Accident

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 11, 2022 5:45:00 AM

 

Although it’s an issue with year-round importance, April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, drawing attention to the leading cause of vehicle accidents in the United States. 

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Topics: Airway management, Suction for EMS professionals

Airway Management and the Overdose Patient

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 9, 2022 8:00:00 AM

Anyone in the medical field can attest to an epidemic sweeping our country: opioid overdose. This lethal condition has touched every region of the US and is now a leading cause of death–even greater than a car accident. The White House recently proclaimed it a national health crisis, with good reason. If you're an EMS responder, it is simply a matter of time before you are faced with this situation. 

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Topics: Airway management

The 5 Types of Airway Management Equipment

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 18, 2022 8:00:00 AM

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

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Topics: Airway management

Prehospital Airway Suction Considerations for Seizures

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 11, 2022 8:00:00 AM

 

Seizures are a common emergency. First responders frequently encounter febrile seizures in children, 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

Advanced Airway Management Techniques to Use in an Emergency

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 1, 2022 8:00:00 AM

Advanced airway management goes beyond simple airway management techniques you might learn in a single class. Advanced airway techniques fall into three broad categories, each with a wide variety of techniques and skills a practitioner must master. 

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Topics: Airway management

4 Potential Nasopharyngeal Airway Complications

Posted by Sam D. Say

Mar 18, 2022 8:00:00 AM

Precision and skill is required for Advanced airway management, especially in vulnerable patients. When performed correctly, initiating nasopharyngeal airways is very safe—and much safer than the alternative of doing nothing. Many first responders are reluctant to initiate a nasopharyngeal airway, citing fears of complications. But this route can enable intubation in patients with an intact gag reflex. Proper training can promote greater confidence, so don’t let fear deter you from practicing this life-saving technique. Forewarned is forearmed, so let’s look at some potential complications

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Topics: Airway management, airway obstruction

Respiratory Emergencies: Abnormal Respiratory Patterns and What They Indicate

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jan 31, 2022 8:00:00 AM

You can tell a lot in the first few seconds of patient contact. Your initial survey begins the moment you step on scene. For example, there’s that “difficulty breathing” call that comes in the wee hours of the morning to an assisted-living residence you’ve responded to on countless occasions.

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Topics: Airway management

Three Critical Components of a Respiratory Assessment Checklist

Posted by Sam D. Say

Dec 31, 2021 8:00:00 AM

We all know the key to a thorough patient assessment is to approach it systematically so that we don’t become distracted (by that bleeding scalp wound) or skip steps that may yield valuable information (like listening to breath sounds). There’s a reason we are all taught “head-to-toe” surveys: so that we work our way through essential assessment points, avoiding a haphazard exam where key signs are missed.

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Topics: Airway management

Carbon Dioxide Toxicity Symptoms

Posted by Sam D. Say

Dec 6, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Hypercapnia, also known as hypercarbia or carbon dioxide toxicity, causes dangerous levels of CO2 in the blood. In most cases, it signals a respiratory problem such as poor lung function, but it can also happen among deep divers, particularly when they do not breathe adequately, or have contaminated oxygen supplies. 

 

Knowing the signs and symptoms of carbon dioxide toxicity can save lives and equip medical personnel and first responders to act quickly.

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Topics: Emergency medical suction, Airway management