The Ins and Outs of Respiration: Five Things EMTs Should Always Remember

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 24, 2018 10:06:59 AM

 

EMTs may not be able to perform the full range of advanced airway options that paramedics typically employ, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t responsible for recognizing a tenuous airway, performing a thorough assessment, and choosing the appropriate treatment strategy. All emergency responders must be capable of airway interventions, so today we’ll discuss the ins and outs of respiration and five things EMTs should always remember when dealing with respiratory emergencies.

 

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Topics: Airway management, Emergency Preparedness

This Month in Emergency Preparedness News: The Emerging Trend Of Tactical Medicine and the Effects Of Stressful Events on Emergency Personnel

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 13, 2018 10:43:42 AM

 

February ushered in another mass shooting at another school, this time with 17 people killed. Much has been debated about the response of law enforcement—their lack of a timely entry, their failure to engage the shooter. As emergency responders, we should reserve judgment on our partners in law enforcement, and instead, focus on how we can all work together to reduce mortalities when these horrific incidents take place.

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness

Are You Prepared for Pediatric Trauma?

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jan 31, 2018 4:30:00 AM

The call came in as a “child down.” No other information was available. As your unit races to the scene, you do a quick mental inventory of the equipment you may need: pedi bag, airway bag, spinal immobilization, trauma bag. As with any emergency, your pulse is racing, but when the call involves a child, there is always an added layer of stress. Is your equipment ready? Did you inventory the pedi bag this morning? Can you recall the drug dosages, in case the child is in a full arrest? A million questions flash through your mind.

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness

Paramedic Emergency Suction Procedures for Paramedics

Posted by Sam D. Say

Dec 26, 2017 4:30:00 AM

Each shift can present a range of medical emergencies. Myocardial infarctions, strokes, traumatic injuries—you must be ready for anything. And any one of these patients can devolve into a critical suction scenario. The MI may lapse into cardiac arrest; the stroke may render swallowing ineffective; and the trauma patient may have facial injuries producing copious blood in the mouth. You must have suction at the ready, for every patient. Your priority is always a patent airway.

The key aspect of suction readiness is having procedures in place that ensure you are prepared. So let's discuss some of the aspects of emergency suction procedures for paramedics.

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Topics: Emergency medical suction, Emergency Preparedness

Every Paramedic’s Plan for Respiratory Arrest

Posted by Sam D. Say

Dec 19, 2017 4:30:00 AM

 

One of the most critical scenarios you will encounter as a paramedic is a patient in respiratory arrest. Whether the arrest is due to a drug overdose, an obstruction preventing a child from moving air, or a gunshot wound to the base of the skull that has knocked out the respiratory centers of the brain, treating respiratory arrest requires preparation, quick action, and the proper equipment. It requires a plan.

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Topics: Emergency medical suction, Emergency Preparedness

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

Is Your Emergency Unit Ready for Respiratory Emergencies?

Posted by Sam D. Say

Dec 12, 2017 4:30:00 AM

The question of whether or not your emergency unit is ready for respiratory emergencies may seem redundant. Of course you are, right? You have the proper certifications and training, a truck laden with fancy equipment, and a brain bursting with knowledge and experience. What else is there, you ask?

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Topics: Emergency medical suction, Emergency Preparedness

Critical Steps in Treating Patients with Head Injuries Using an Emergency Suction Pump

Posted by Sam D. Say

Nov 30, 2017 4:30:00 AM

 

When you think about treating patients with head injuries, using an emergency suction pump may not be the first thing that comes to mind. Certainly, airway is your main priority, but we tend to focus more on level of consciousness, spinal immobilization, and assessing for additional trauma than we do on portable suction.

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Topics: Emergency medical suction, EMS suction, Emergency Preparedness

What to Include With Your Portable Suction Device

Posted by Sam D. Say

Nov 28, 2017 4:30:00 AM

Your portable suction device is a vital piece of equipment, yet you may give it little thought on a shift-by-shift basis. We take for granted the critical role it plays in airway patency, assuming there is no need for preplanning or strategizing. But there are some simple steps you can take to ensure your suction unit remains operational, and part of the life-saving lineup you rely on each shift. Let’s discuss some of the strategies employed when deciding what to include with your portable suction device.

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Topics: Handheld portable suction, Emergency medical suction, Emergency Preparedness

Gauging Departmental Needs for Portable EMS Suction Units

Posted by Sam D. Say

Nov 23, 2017 4:30:00 AM

If you serve in an administrative position within your department, you have a lot on your plate. Certifications must be kept up, training requirements must be met, and your personnel must be prepared to respond to an ever-changing EMS landscape, from biological attacks to mass-casualty incidents.

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Topics: Emergency medical suction, EMS suction, Emergency Preparedness