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

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

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jan 14, 2021 6:30:00 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

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

4 Important Places Hospitals Need Portable Suction Machines

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 24, 2020 8:52:16 AM

For every 1,000 Americans, 423 made an emergency room visit to a community hospital in 2013. The population of the United States that year was 316.5 million, so when you do the math, that’s almost a whopping 134 million ER visits. This number doesn’t include millions of hospital inpatient stays or outpatient procedures, further emphasizing the importance—and challenges—of providing quality care every time someone walks in, or is wheeled in, the door.

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Topics: Portable suction for hospitals, Emergency medical suction

Protecting Yourself from COVID-19 While Suctioning Patients

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 10, 2020 7:00:00 AM

 

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Topics: Portable suction for hospitals, Emergency medical suction, Medical Suction

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

5 Tips for Suctioning a Bariatric Patient

Posted by Sam D. Say

Aug 20, 2020 7:00:00 AM

Overweight or obese patients can present suctioning difficulties. Because most American adults are overweight or obese, medical providers must train in the treatment of bariatric patients. These patients are highly susceptible to airway difficulties, particularly during surgery. The following strategies can help you effectively suction bariatric patients, even when they present with difficult airways.

 

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Topics: Emergency medical suction, Emergency Preparedness, Medical Suction