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

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

4 Trach Suction Tube Techniques

Posted by Sam D. Say

Aug 6, 2020 7:15:00 AM

Suctioning a trach tube can help keep tracheostomy patients healthy, clear the airway, and reduce the risk of serious infections. Many trach patients are able to suction their own tubes at home. Some need the assistance of medical providers, especially when they are hospitalized, suffering respiratory distress, or have other comorbidities. Here’s what you need to know about trach tube suction.

 

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Topics: Emergency medical suction, Medical Suction

Fluid Waste Management and Medical Suction: 5 Guidelines

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jul 30, 2020 7:00:00 AM

Waste management has always formed the core of infection prevention. The COVID-19 crisis brings this fact to the fore of every medical provider’s consciousness. Fluid waste disposal and basic suction catheter maintenance are not just boxes to check off on a form. They can mean the difference between life and death, between a pandemic spreading to others or stopping with you. These guidelines can help you manage fluid waste, protect your patients, and stop the spread of contagious infections.

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Topics: Medical Suction

Nasopharyngeal vs. Nasotracheal Suctioning

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jul 9, 2020 7:15:00 AM

Nasopharyngeal and nasotracheal suctioning are safe, effective alternatives to oral suctioning, especially for patients with oral obstructions such as loose dentures or patients who are unable to cooperate with oral suctioning. Though the procedures are similar, nasotracheal suctioning requires deeper penetration. Here’s what you need to know about these two important interventions.

 

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Topics: Medical Suction

Tracheostomy Secretions Management

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jul 7, 2020 7:15:00 AM

Tracheostomies are highly prevalent, particularly in long-term skilled nursing facilities and intensive care units, and so all medical providers must master tracheostomy secretion management. Tracheostomy reduces cough strength, lowers subglottic pressure, and weakens sensations in the pharynx and larynx. This causes secretions to accumulate in the airway, although the volume and thickness of the secretions vary significantly from patient to patient. Medical professionals, first responders, and patients with tracheostomies must learn how to manage tracheostomy secretions to improve patient comfort and reduce the risk of infection, aspiration, and other compilations.

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Topics: Medical Suction

5 Things to Know About Suction Canister Management

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jun 18, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Whether you’re performing routine suctioning during surgical procedures, suctioning a patient on a ventilator, or performing life-saving procedures to prevent or reduce aspiration, diligent suction canister management is critical to proper patient care. Particularly as concerns about a global flu or coronavirus pandemic mount, your agency must work proactively to reduce the risk of transmitting contagious diseases via equipment such as suction machines. Here are five things you need to know about suction canister management. 

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Topics: Medical Suction

How to Hyperoxygenate Before Suctioning

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jun 11, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Hypoxia is one of the most common suctioning complications. It’s also preventable in most scenarios. Hyperoxygenating a patient prior to suctioning can reduce the risk of hypoxia, as well as other suctioning complications. Here’s what you need to know about the process. 

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Topics: Medical Suction

What You Need to Know About Nasal Suctioning a Patient

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jun 4, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Sooner or later, almost every medical provider sees a patient who needs nasal suctioning. This mainstay of emergency medicine saves lives, shortens hospital stays, and reduces medical complications. If you work in EMS, you may suction patients daily. For other providers, suctioning is a rarity. No matter where you work, a basic familiarity with the procedures for nasal suctioning is critical to quality patient care. 

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Topics: Medical Suction