5 FAQs About Nasotracheal Suctioning

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 15, 2021 8:41:59 AM

 

When your patient cannot mobilize and clear secretions on his own, you may need to suction his airway. Your method of suctioning will depend on whether the patient has an artificial airway and what portion of the airway needs to be cleared.

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The History of the Yankauer Suction Tip and Where Med Tech Is Today

Posted by Sam D. Say

Mar 11, 2021 8:24:49 AM

Medicine is an ever-changing landscape. As technology improves, new equipment is created that performs better, is safer, and easier to use. Yet, some devices withstand the test of time and have been with us for decades.

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5 Complications of Suctioning and How to Prevent Them

Posted by Sam D. Say

Mar 4, 2021 9:02:47 AM

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Oropharyngeal vs. Nasopharyngeal Intubation: Pros and Cons

Posted by Sam D. Say

Feb 18, 2021 6:00:00 AM

As an EMS professional, one of the most critical decisions you will make is when to secure an advanced airway. Airway decisions are crucial: they must be expedient, effective, and appropriate.


Today, paramedics have a range of options when it comes to advanced airways. With the advent of the Combitube and the King airway, there are alternatives to oral or nasotracheal intubation. Oral intubation using an endotracheal tube is still considered the airway of choice, but there are situations where nasotracheal intubation is the better alternative.

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What are the Main Complications of Tracheal Suctioning?

Posted by Sam D. Say

Feb 11, 2021 10:00:00 AM

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How to Avoid the Most Common Complications of Suctioning

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jan 26, 2021 7:15:00 AM

Medical suctioning can save lives, prevent aspiration, and reduce the risk of surgical and dental complications. But like all medical procedures, suctioning poses some risks, especially with a rushed or unskilled technique. 

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Topics: Medical Suction, portable suction

6 Complexities of Suctioning a Bariatric Patient During COVID-19

Posted by Sam D. Say

Dec 8, 2020 7:30:00 AM

Emerging evidence suggests that bariatric patients are at a higher risk of developing severe COVID illness. This means they may represent a disproportionate share of your patients during the pandemic. If you’re suctioning a bariatric patient, here are six complexities to consider. 

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Topics: Suction for EMS professionals, Medical Suction

4 Tips for Suctioning a Geriatric Patient in the COVID-19 Era

Posted by Sam D. Say

Nov 24, 2020 7:15:00 AM

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Using the SALAD Technique with COVID-19 Patients

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 17, 2020 4:34:45 AM

 

As COVID-19, the virus that causes the novel coronavirus infection, continues to ravage the world, medical providers have had to change virtually everything about how they practice. Suctioning a patient is no exception. Providers once only had to weigh the risks and benefits of suctioning to the patient. Now they must also consider how suctioning might endanger their own health, and how it might imperil subsequent patients if they become infected. 

 

Airway suctioning can generate dangerous aerosols that effectively transmit the virus. In emergency scenarios, Suction Assisted Laryngoscopy and Airway Decontamination (SALAD) may offer a lower-risk alternative to traditional airway suctioning.

 

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness, 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