4 Reasons Dentists Need to Use a Medical Suction Pump During Oral Surgery

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 10, 2019 8:00:00 AM

A medical suction pump is a key piece of equipment during oral surgery. The right suction pump improves patient outcomes, reduces the risk of complications, and can promptly intervene in the event of a serious dental emergency. Here are some key reasons dentists should invest in a quality medical suction machine. 

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A Comprehensive Guide to the Various Types of Suctioning

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 4, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Virtually every medical office worker, dental care provider, hospital employee, or first responder must use medical suctioning. Suctioning can be an important emergency intervention as well as a key aspect of routine care. The type of suctioning a provider must use depends on many factors, including the health of the patient, the type of suctioning machine available, and the reason for suctioning. Understanding the various types of suctioning you might use can help you choose the right tools and ensure you and your team are always well-trained on the latest techniques. 

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6 Precautions to Take When Using the Suctioning Procedure in Nursing

Posted by Sam D. Say

Aug 7, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Sooner or later, every nurse must suction a patient. For nurses who work in intensive care units or emergency care or who support patients with spinal cord injuries, suctioning may be a daily part of the job. When suctioning becomes routine, it’s easy to lose sight of the risks. A few simple precautionary measures can reduce the risk and improve patient outcomes. 

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The Role of Capnography in Medical Suction

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jul 24, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Medical providers have long used pulse oximeters as a quick and easy way to assess blood oxygen levels. But the amount of CO2 a person expires is an equally useful piece of information that provides key details about ventilation. Capnography is now widely available in the field and provides clear data about the amount of CO2 expired at each stage of respiration. Using capnography during medical suction can reduce the risk of hypoxia and provide additional details about patients at risk of serious suction-related complications

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The Link Between Suctioning and Blood Pressure

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jul 17, 2019 8:00:00 AM

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5 Common Airway Issues in the SCI Patient

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jul 9, 2019 8:00:00 AM

More than 17,000 people suffer spinal cord injuries each year, and an estimated 249,000-363,000 Americans are living with spinal cord injuries. A few generations ago, a spinal cord injury was often a death sentence, and almost always meant a much shorter life. Thanks to better medical care and greater awareness, most spinal cord injury sufferers survive, and many go on to live long and healthy lives. Despite these improvements, respiratory issues are common in SCI survivors. Pneumonia is a leading cause of death in this group, often due to complications of respiratory infections and poorly managed airway obstructions. First responders and other providers must be prepared to rapidly respond to airway issues in SCI patients, whether treating the immediate aftermath of a spinal cord injury or providing care to long-term SCI survivors. 

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How to Suction a Patient that is in Cardiac Arrest

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jun 25, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Cardiac arrest is a nightmare scenario for most first responders. Recent research suggests survival rates are as low as 6 percent when cardiac arrest occurs outside the hospital. Rapid administration of CPR drives survival rates up to 45 percent, and the presence of a first responder elevates the survival rate even higher. But suctioning a patient in cardiac arrest can be challenging. Here’s what you need to know about the procedure.

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3 Ways to Improve Your Suction Technique

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 18, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Emergency medicine is constantly evolving, and new technologies and techniques are emerging all the time. With this bombardment of innovation, we sometimes see less value placed on basic skills, such as oral suctioning. As an EMS provider, you must adapt to new technologies and techniques but always fall back on your most basic skills.

Improving your oral suction technique starts with a desire to improve your skills, no matter how basic. Let’s discuss how you can improve basic suctioning skills despite the ever-changing nature of the EMS world today.

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4 Signs a Patient on a Mechanical Ventilator Requires Suctioning

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 11, 2019 8:00:00 AM

After a successful intubation, your patient is mechanically ventilated with a patent airway and his vital signs stabilize. While transporting your patient, you notice a sawtooth pattern to the ventilator waveform. The patient’s cough is not “junky” and his oxygen saturation remains stable. You may be thinking your patient needs some sedation to help him synchronize with the ventilator. But hold on—perhaps you are missing something.

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Comparing the Needs of Prehospital versus Hospital Suction

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 4, 2019 8:00:00 AM

It makes sense that a relatively controlled environment, such as a hospital, has different suction requirements than unpredictable prehospital care environments. Portable suction units are generally thought of as tools to be used in the EMS setting alone and may not be given much thought in the hospital setting. This is an error that hospitals cannot afford to make. Beyond the needs of crash carts and emergency departments, suction units should be a key aspect of the hospital’s disaster plan. Here, we compare the needs of both prehospital and hospital suction units and how the right choice of suction unit can make an impact on both your efficiency and your patients’ outcomes.

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