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

Posted by Sam D. Say

Nov 15, 2018 11:12:00 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: EMS suction, Suction for EMS professionals

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 Preparedness, EMS suction, Emergency medical suction

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: EMS suction, Emergency Preparedness, Emergency medical suction

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, Medical Suction, EMS 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: EMS suction, Emergency medical suction, Medical Suction

The Role of a Portable Suction Pump in Training Scenarios

Posted by Sam D. Say

Oct 19, 2017 4:30:00 AM

 

When was the last time you worked a code? If you serve a busy, urban area, or a population heavy on retirees, you probably remain proficient in advanced cardiac life support (ACLS). Drug therapies and dosages, intubation procedures, and post-resuscitation care are part and parcel to busy EMS systems. But what if you work in a slow-paced, rural setting, where the calls are few and far between? What happens to your ACLS skills if you rarely use them? Most likely, you lose them.

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Topics: Handheld portable suction, EMS suction, Airway management

Head Trauma? Keep the Suction Unit Handy!

Posted by Sam D. Say

Oct 3, 2017 4:30:00 AM

 

Head injuries have been receiving a lot of press lately. Between the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan on the one hand and the National Football League on the other, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) have been elevated to front-page news. It’s been a long time coming. The rate of TBIs in America (and among Americans returning from war) is reaching frightening proportions. Here are a few statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:¹

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Topics: EMS suction, Emergency medical suction

3 Pediatric Suction Scenarios You Will Likely Encounter

Posted by Sam D. Say

Oct 1, 2017 4:30:00 AM

 

It's three a.m. and you have just been dispatched to a "pediatric difficulty breathing." As you rub the sleep from your eyes, you perform a quick mental review of PALS protocol, just in case. Perhaps the child simply has a cold, and the parent has panicked. It happens all the time. But perhaps it's something more serious. You had better be ready for anything.

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Topics: Pediatric Suction, EMS suction