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

Airway Anatomy and Endotracheal Intubation: The Basics

Posted by Sam D. Say

Nov 3, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Endotracheal intubation offers life-saving relief when an airway obstruction endangers a patient’s life. Yet many first responders have little experience with endotracheal intubation. Some even actively avoid training opportunities because they feel overwhelmed and intimidated by the process. Endotracheal intubation is a basic skill that every first responder must master. 

While it does pose some risks, it is also safe with the proper technique and diligent attention to the patient. A keen understanding of airway anatomy can make the process of intubating a patient much easier.

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Topics: Airway management

Can You Really Clear an Airway with a Ballpoint Pen Like in the Movies?

Posted by Sam D. Say

Nov 1, 2021 8:00:00 AM

It’s a dramatic plot twist in movies, medical dramas, and even the occasional sitcom: A character is choking or in respiratory distress and standard interventions like the Heimlich maneuver just aren’t cutting it. So a heroic bystander takes things into their own hands and jams a pen into the victim’s throat, much to everyone’s horror. But then, to everyone’s shock and relief, doing so clears the airway, allowing the survivor to breathe until help arrives. But can you really do this?

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Topics: Airway management, airway obstruction

3 Ways to Increase the Performance of Your Portable Suction Device

Posted by Scott Eamer

Oct 8, 2021 8:00:00 AM

 

Users of battery powered portable suction devices often comment that it “sucks”. This can be interpreted two ways–either negatively or positively. When the negative sentiment applies, there’s no need to despair or throw the unit across the room

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Topics: Battery-powered suction, Airway management, Medical Suction

Purchasing Replacement Batteries for Your Portable Suction Device

Posted by Scott Eamer

Oct 6, 2021 8:00:00 AM

The majority of portable suction devices are powered by sealed lead acid batteries. While this type of battery uses stable and reliable chemistry, it can lose capacity over time and require replacement. When buying a replacement battery for your portable suction device, there are a few things you should keep in mind.

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Topics: Battery-powered suction, Emergency medical suction, Airway management, Medical Suction

A Primer on Occupational Lung Diseases & Airway Suction

Posted by Sam D. Say

Aug 16, 2021 5:30:00 AM

 

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Topics: Airway management

Amid COVID’s Summer Surge, A Reminder on Suction and Airway Management

Posted by Sam D. Say

Aug 10, 2021 5:00:00 AM

 

Just weeks ago, it appeared that the COVID-19 in the U.S. may have been on the ropes. But the rise of the Delta variant and the potential for more variants to come reminded us that this dangerous virus will remain for the foreseeable future.

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Topics: Airway management

The 10 Airway Management Tools Every EMS Provider Must Have in the First-In Bag

Posted by Sam D. Say

Aug 4, 2021 9:00:00 AM

You are about to head out on a call for a 65-year old man who is reported to be suffering from sudden respiratory distress. Few details are known about this man’s medical history, so you aren’t entirely sure what you are about to encounter. You grab your First-In bag, knowing that your airway management tools make you well prepared for any airway emergency.
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Topics: Emergency medical suction, Airway management

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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Topics: Airway management

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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Topics: Airway management