The Importance of Negative Pressure for Endotracheal Suctioning

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jan 31, 2023 8:00:00 AM

The patient has suffered a gunshot wound to the chest, and his blood pressure is dangerously low. You’ve covered the entry wound to prevent a sucking wound, but the patient is exhaling copious bloody froth. You successfully intubate the patient and are bagging, with good chest rise, but the bloody froth continues to interfere with air exchange. It’s time to suction the tube. 

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Topics: Airway management, Medical Suction

What Is the Algorithm for Airway Management?

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jan 27, 2023 8:00:00 AM

Every patient is unique, and this means expert airway management demands a critical, creative, adaptive approach. However, first responders should follow established protocols and guidelines to get the best results. A simple algorithm can help guide decision-making in airway management while still allowing room for flexible problem-solving. Follow these guidelines to speed up treatment and reduce errors if you encounter a difficult airway:

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Topics: Airway management

A Guide to Identifying and Managing Lower Airway Issues

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jan 25, 2023 5:45:00 AM

 

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Airway Management for Patients Suffering Cardiac Emergencies

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jan 18, 2023 5:00:00 AM

 

On January 2, people around the nation — be they football fans or not — were stunned by the live images from the Monday night football game, as the Buffalo Bills’ Damar Hamlin collapsed seconds after a tackle. Trainers soon began performing CPR, as it was later revealed the young player’s heart stopped twice on the field and he could not breathe without medical assistance.

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Topics: Airway management

Airway Anatomy: Upper Airway Problems in Infants

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jan 17, 2023 8:00:00 AM

There is perhaps nothing more terrifying to new parents than breathing problems in an infant. Particularly among newborns, respiratory distress is a common and potentially life-threatening symptom. Key differences in the airways of infants and children make them more susceptible to certain respiratory problems. A keen understanding of upper airway anatomy can help you quickly and safely treat infants in respiratory distress.

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Benefits & Risks of Prehospital Drug Assisted Airway Management (DAAM)

Posted by Sam D. Say

Dec 21, 2022 5:15:00 AM

 

Airway management is a necessary intervention in many patient emergencies — from airway compromise to respiratory failure and cardiac arrest. However, depending on how severe the patient’s condition is, and the invasiveness of the intervention, airway management often causes negative effects to patients’ mental and physical health. 

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Why Is Airway Management Important During CPR?

Posted by Sam D. Say

Dec 20, 2022 8:00:00 AM

Drug overdoses, sudden injuries, respiratory issues, and myriad other health concerns can trigger cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death, but many of these deaths are preventable. Every year, more than 383,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of hospitals. Bystanders providing CPR immediately can double or triple the chance of survival. The figure is even higher when trained first responders are prepared to perform CPR while managing the airway. Airway management is key to successful CPR, and first responders must have the right equipment ready to go. 

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RSV Surge Serves as Reminder for Proper Airway Management in Children

Posted by Sam D. Say

Dec 14, 2022 6:00:00 AM

 

Before the fall of 2022, most people were not thinking much about respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), even though most children get the illness by age 2, and even adults get the disease. But a remarkable surge of RSV cases, coupled with a heavy flu season and ongoing COVID-19 infections, is creating a trifecta of respiratory diseases that is wreaking havoc and pushing hospitals to the limit, and EMTs are seeing an uptick in calls concerning those facing serious symptoms.

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Topics: Airway management

How to Distinguish Respiratory Distress from Failure

Posted by Sam D. Say

Dec 6, 2022 8:00:00 AM

Respiratory emergencies come in many forms. It could be an asthmatic who has suffered since childhood; a COPD patient who still smokes a pack a day; or a near-drowning who was pulled from the deep end of the pool. Whatever the crisis, as an emergency responder you are called on to treat it. 

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Topics: Airway management

Airway Anatomy: A Brief Review

Posted by Sam D. Say

Dec 2, 2022 8:00:00 AM

As a paramedic or EMT, your first responsibility in patient care is to secure a patent airway. Whether you are placing an EOA to elevate the tongue of an overdosed patient, suctioning the oropharynx of a trauma code, or inserting an endotracheal tube for a patient who has stopped breathing, a thorough understanding of the structures that make up the respiratory tract is a must. Here is a brief review of airway anatomy to ensure you're ready for the next respiratory emergency.

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