Hospital Disaster Preparation Lessons Learned from Superstorm Sandy

Posted by Sam D. Say

Oct 15, 2020 10:02:41 AM

In October of 2012, the northeastern United States was slammed with arrival of Superstorm Sandy. As the most destructive hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic season, Sandy wreaked havoc on New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Thousands of homes were destroyed, and vital infrastructure systems such as power, transportation, and water treatment facilities suffered billions of dollars in damages.

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Topics: Hospital disaster preparation, Battery-powered suction

3 Ways to Keep Hospital Power Loss from Crippling Patient Care

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 8, 2020 2:00:47 PM

If your hospital experiences a total power outage, you still need to provide patient care. You might be able to navigate the darkened rooms with a flashlight and emergency lighting, but how will you oxygenate that ventilated patient? How will you suction him?

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Topics: Hospital disaster preparation, Battery-powered suction

The Role of Battery-Operated Aspirators in Pediatric Emergencies

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jan 19, 2018 4:30:00 AM

One of the scariest calls you will run into is a child in respiratory distress. Children are challenging, with their inability to articulate symptoms; their small veins and airways; and the fact that when they crash, they crash with a vengeance.

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Topics: Battery-powered suction

The Critical Role of Battery-Powered Aspirators During MCIs

Posted by Sam D. Say

Dec 14, 2017 4:30:00 AM

 

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Topics: Battery-powered suction, Emergency Preparedness

Finding a Reliable Battery-Operated Portable Suction Machine

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 20, 2017 4:30:00 AM

 

The storm had knocked out power across three counties, and unfortunately your zone was situated in the thick of the storm. Although your station was equipped with an emergency generator, the steady influx of calls had kept you from touching base. And now you're dispatched to an overdose at the nearby homeless shelter.

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Topics: Battery-powered suction, EMS suction

Advice About Battery-Powered Aspirators for the EMS Manager

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jan 2, 2017 4:30:00 AM

This morning, you glanced at your calendar and realized the quarterly meeting with your paramedic lieutenants was quickly approaching. As an EMS manager, you know these meetings provide a great opportunity for feedback from the field: which treatment strategies are working, and which ones are not; what common problems their personnel encounter on scenes; and if there are any equipment issues that must be addressed.

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Topics: Battery-powered suction

What's the Runtime of Most Rechargeable Batteries of Portable Suction Units?

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jul 7, 2016 4:30:00 AM

Have you ever needed to clear a patient’s airway in a location where in-wall suction was not available? If so, you definitely recognize the importance of having a reliable portable suction unit. Not only do you want your unit to be lightweight and deliver appropriate suction, you want to be assured that your rechargeable battery is not going to fizzle out on you at a critical time.

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Topics: Portable suction for hospitals, Battery-powered suction

What Hospital Emergency Operations Plans Should Say About Power Loss

Posted by Sam D. Say

Feb 25, 2016 11:57:00 AM

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Topics: Battery-powered suction, Emergency Preparedness

3 Ways to Increase the Performance of Your Portable Suction Device

Posted by Scott Eamer

Oct 20, 2015 4:30:00 AM

 

Users of battery powered portable suction devices often comment the device “sucks”. This can either be a negative or a positive comment. In the case of the former, there are 3 ways to increase the performance of your portable suction device in order to turn the negative into a positive comment.

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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 15, 2015 4:30:00 AM

The majority of portable suction devices are powered by sealed lead acid batteries. While a sealed lead acid battery is a very stable and reliable battery chemistry, the battery can lose capacity creating the need to purchase a replacement battery for your portable suction device. 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