Respiratory Emergencies: When and When Not to Use Suction

Posted by Sam D. Say

Nov 10, 2021 8:00:00 AM

You are called to a residence in the middle of the night. A frantic father meets you at the door and ushers you upstairs to his son’s room, where you find a four-year-old boy, perched anxiously on the side of his bed. He is braced in a tripod position, his small arms rigidly fixed by his side as he leans forward, drooling into a puddle on the floor. The father noticed a fever last night when he put the boy to bed, but is astounded by the child’s rapid deterioration.

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Topics: EMS suction

What Every EMT Should Already Know About Basic Airway Management

Posted by Sam D. Say

Oct 25, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Your BLS engine company is dispatched to a “difficulty breathing” call and your ALS rescue is still in the process of delivering their previous patient to the hospital. Dispatch is sending the next closest rescue, but the responding unit has just notified you that they are held up by a train.


You arrive on scene, grab your O2 bag and jump kit and head inside. You and your fellow EMTs are on your own, at least for the next several minutes. You had better be prepared to assess and initiate treatment for a patient in respiratory distress!

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Topics: Suction for EMS professionals, EMS suction

4 Types of Suctioning Machines Every EMS Professional Should Know How to Use

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 22, 2021 8:44:55 AM

Airway suctioning is a routine part of a first responder’s job. From preventing aspiration pneumonia to clearing the airway of a drowning victim, the right suction machine is an integral part of your EMS toolkit. Yet many paramedics, EMTs, and other first responders avoid suctioning the airway unless they absolutely have to.

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Topics: Suction for EMS professionals, EMS suction

The Importance of Early Emergency Suction Intervention

Posted by Sam D. Say

Feb 5, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Airway obstructions are common and potentially lethal emergencies, especially among vulnerable populations such as children and geriatrics. In 2005, 19,000 children visited emergency rooms for airway obstruction. Obstruction with a foreign body is the most common type of airway obstruction in young children. Among geriatrics, obstructive airway diseases, dysphagia, and aspiration are more prevalent. The odds of airway obstruction increase with age. One study of geriatric patients found that at least 10 percent of seniors who undergo spirometric studies may have an airway obstruction.

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5 Tips for Winterizing Your First Responder Kit

Posted by Sam D. Say

Oct 18, 2018 8:00:00 AM

The first chill of autumn is already in the air in many parts of the country, and though warmer regions still see tomato blossoms and gardenias, this last flush of summer will soon give way to cooler weather. The cold presents unique challenges to first responders. Now is the time to take stock of your equipment and winterize your first responder kit. Here are five steps to take now.

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Topics: EMS suction, Medical Suction

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

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

Emergency Suction and Intubation: Best Practices

Posted by Sam D. Say

Nov 21, 2017 4:30:00 AM

When you think of intubation, you should automatically be thinking "suction." The two treatments go hand in hand; you cannot safely intubate without the aid of suction, which is why you must include the portable suction unit anytime there is the possibility of intubating.

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Topics: EMS suction, nasotracheal intubation

Common Causes of Decreased Level of Consciousness That Can Lead to a Respiratory Emergency

Posted by Sam D. Say

Nov 16, 2017 4:30:00 AM

 

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Topics: Emergency medical suction, EMS suction, Medical Suction

How Pharyngeal Suction Can Save Your Patient

Posted by Sam D. Say

Nov 7, 2017 4:30:00 AM

 

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Topics: Emergency medical suction, EMS suction, Medical Suction