4 Difficult Airway Management Strategies for the New Year

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jan 21, 2021 6:30:00 AM

Have you ever been in a code situation where there were multiple failed intubation attempts on a patient? If so, you aren’t likely to forget it. Managing a difficult airway is one of the most challenging circumstances for even the most seasoned medical professional. 

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Airway Management for Patients with Sleep Apnea

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jan 19, 2021 7:15:00 AM

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a chronic medical condition that affects a person’s nighttime breathing. This can lead to fatigue, dry mouth, and issues with daytime wakefulness. Sleep apnea also correlates with a higher risk of serious health problems, including stroke, heart attack, respiratory disease, pneumonia, and premature death. 

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4 Ways COVID-19 Has Changed Airway Management

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jan 12, 2021 7:15:00 AM

In a matter of weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic transformed from a hypothetical concern to something that upended lives across the globe. First responders were suddenly risking their lives to tend to patients. Families across the nation holed up in their houses, hoping to save lives. The world may never be the same. Unsurprisingly, airway management has shifted quite a bit in the intervening months, too. Here are some of the changes we’re seeing. 

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3 Guidelines for Acute Respiratory Failure and Airway Protection

Posted by Sam D. Say

Dec 15, 2020 7:30:00 AM

The COVID-19 pandemic has made acute respiratory distress one of the most common emergencies first responders face. Without prompt intervention, it can lead to respiratory failure and life-threatening complications. One 2016 study found that 34 percent of respiratory failure sufferers had died within a year of their diagnosis. As the pandemic rips through communities, you must do everything you can to mitigate its effects. These guidelines can help you offer appropriate airway protection to treat and ideally prevent acute respiratory failure. 

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Topics: Airway management, Respiratory

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

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

The Importance of Airway Management for COVID-19 Patients

Posted by Sam D. Say

Aug 11, 2020 7:00:00 AM

COVID-19 has fundamentally changed everything about how people live. As we face one of the world’s highest infection rates, many Americans remain quarantined in their homes. Choices that once seemed innocuous, such as going to the dentist or the grocery store, can now expose people to a lethal virus. 

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Topics: Airway management, airway obstruction

4 Things to Know About Suctioning a Patient with Tachycardia

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jul 28, 2020 7:15:00 AM

Tachycardia can be a sign of respiratory distress. It can also be a complication of interventions to treat respiratory distress, including suctioning. First responders and medical providers must have a clear understanding of the link between tachycardia and suctioning so that they can reduce the risk of patient injuries and improve both long- and short-term outcomes.

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Topics: Airway management, portable suction, airway obstruction

Carbon Dioxide Toxicity Symptoms

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jul 23, 2020 7:07:00 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

What to Know About Suctioning a Patient with COPD

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jul 16, 2020 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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