Clearing the Airway: Choosing the Right Suction Strategy for the Right Patient

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jan 7, 2022 8:00:00 AM

Suctioning a patient’s airway is not a “one size fits all” procedure. Whether to clear secretions that the patient cannot mobilize, remove vomitus or foreign materials from the pharynx or trachea, or to maintain the patency of an artificial airway, some suction strategies will work better than others for a particular situation.  

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Topics: Emergency medical suction

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

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

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

Why Your EMS Squad Should Care About Portable Suction

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jul 23, 2021 9:00:00 AM

Emergency medical responders are responsible for saving lives every day. Their knowledge and skills enable them to quickly assess and treat patients who may be unconscious, unable to communicate or located in remote terrain.

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Topics: Emergency medical suction, Suction for EMS professionals

7 Questions to Ask Before Buying an Emergency Portable Suction Device

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jul 21, 2021 9:00:00 AM

Portable suction is not utilized in the field on every call, and not on an everyday basis. However, when it is needed, it can make the difference between a patient that leaves the hospital and one who dies of aspiration pneumonia after a successful resuscitation.

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Topics: Emergency medical suction, Suction for EMS professionals

The Ultimate List of Emergency Medical Nursing Equipment

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 18, 2021 7:00:00 AM

Emergency medical nursing equipment isn’t just for nurses working in emergency rooms or on ambulances. A pediatric nurse working at a sleepy family practice may suddenly be confronted with a choking patient. A midwife at a birthing center may have to revive a neonate or treat a catastrophic hemorrhage.

 

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Topics: Emergency medical suction, Emergency Preparedness

What is an Emergency Aspirator, and When Should it be Used?

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 27, 2021 7:15:00 AM

 

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Topics: Emergency medical suction, Emergency Preparedness

How Often You Should Really Replace Your Medical Suction Machine

Posted by Sam D. Say

Nov 19, 2020 8:14:37 AM

Every nurse knows durable medical equipment doesn’t last forever.

 

When was the last time you kicked a hospital bed in frustration because the motor ground to a halt as you were elevating a patient’s head? Or you discovered an IV pump apparently quit working in the middle of the night, depriving your patient of vital hydration?

 

When equipment like a portable medical suction machine unexpectedly stops working, it can be more than a nuisance. It can endanger patient safety. If you reach for a suction wand because your patient aspirated, and you discover there’s no suction...there may be a bad outcome in the wings.

 

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Topics: Portable suction for hospitals, Emergency medical suction

What Every EMS Coordinator Must Know Before Buying Portable Medical Suction

Posted by Sam D. Say

Oct 29, 2020 9:41:03 AM

Purchasing any type of new medical equipment is a major decision, and portable medical suction is no exception. There are countless products available, all of which come with different sizes, shapes capabilities, and situation-specific features. So, how do you decide which medical suction device to buy?

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Topics: Emergency medical suction, Suction for EMS professionals