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Managing Airways Following a Vehicle Accident

Posted by Sam D. Say

Nov 18, 2023 8:00:00 AM

 

Distracted driving is responsible for about 3,000 deaths each year. Knowing how to treat patients in such crises — and paying special attention to potential airway problems — is essential for providing proper care.

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Topics: Airway management, Suction for EMS professionals

Treating Patients with Involuntary Movement Disabilities

Posted by Sam D. Say

Nov 13, 2023 7:00:00 AM

Whether you have a disability, or someone you know has one, disability impacts everyone, at all ages and stages of life. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, up to one in four (27%) adults in the U.S. have some type of disability, and 12.1% of U.S. adults have a mobility disability with serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs.

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Topics: Emergency medical suction, Airway management, Emergency Preparedness, medical scenarios, emt scenarios

Back-to-School Airway Emergencies

Posted by Sam D. Say

Oct 23, 2023 7:00:00 AM

It’s back-to-school season. You’ve thought of the lunches, the new pencils and those lovely first-day-of-school outfits. But, is airway safety on your back-to-school checklist? There are many airway emergencies that can happen at school that providers, families, school nurses and teachers should be aware of and prepared to address.

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Topics: Airway management, Emergency Preparedness

4 Airway Devices to Include in Your Trauma Bag

Posted by Sam D. Say

Oct 21, 2023 8:00:00 AM

As an EMS responder, you know how important a well-stocked trauma bag can be to the smooth running of emergency scenes. When you’re involved in the rapid, complex stabilization of a trauma patient, there’s nothing better than knowing that every piece of equipment you need is right within arm’s reach. A variety of dressings, assessment tools, and personal protection gear are all critical inclusions in your trauma bag. But none is so imperative as airway equipment, for without a patent airway, nothing you do for your patient will really matter.

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Topics: Airway management

The Importance of Airway Management for COVID-19 Patients

Posted by Sam D. Say

Oct 12, 2023 8:00:00 AM

COVID-19 fundamentally changed everything about how many people live. 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

Assessing Airway Damage Following Common Trauma Scenarios

Posted by Sam D. Say

Oct 2, 2023 7:00:00 AM

There are many unexpected symptoms that can stem from common traumas and accidents, and individuals often suffer significant airway damage from traumatic events. Around the world, injuries such as car accidents, gunshot wounds and concussions account for over 3 million non-fatal injuries per year. These common trauma scenarios can happen to anyone, and it’s critical that providers and patients understand the airway damage that results from physical trauma.

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Topics: Airway management, Emergency Preparedness, medical scenarios, Trauma

Airway Anatomy and Suction: The Top 5 Things You Need to Know

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 30, 2023 8:00:00 AM

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Topics: Airway management

Pediatric Respiratory Emergencies: Know The Signs

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 9, 2023 8:00:00 AM

Let’s face it: Pediatric patients make even the most seasoned paramedics a bit nervous. Because adults make up the majority of EMS patients, when that little one comes along, it can produce anxiety even among the most experienced medics. And when the child is having trouble breathing, your unease can go through the roof.

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Topics: Airway management

Top 4 Reasons to Use the SALAD Suctioning Technique to Clear an Airway Obstruction

Posted by Sam D. Say

Aug 26, 2023 8:00:00 AM

When patients die during or after an aspiration event, it’s often because of the exposure to airway contaminants, not hypoxia. The risk of death increases with the volume of fluid inhaled. This is why diligent, intelligent suction can prove life-saving, especially in someone with limited mobility who is actively aspirating or vomiting. The right suction device quickly clears airway obstructions with a high flow rate and powerful suction.

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Topics: Airway management, airway obstruction

Airway Management for the Opioid Overdose

Posted by Sam D. Say

Aug 24, 2023 8:00:00 AM

The opioid overdose epidemic is hitting cities and towns across the nation, with a death toll that is both shocking and rapidly growing. In 2021, 80,411 people died from an opioid overdose, and they are a factor in seven out of 10 overdose deaths. A prompt response to a suspected or confirmed opioid overdose can help slow the epidemic. Airway management is critical for acute care following an overdose. Here’s what you need to know.

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Topics: Airway management