How to Hyperoxygenate Before Suctioning

Posted by Sam D. Say

Aug 4, 2022 8:00:00 AM

Hypoxia is one of the most common suctioning complications. It’s also preventable in most scenarios. Hyperoxygenate a patient prior to suctioning to 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 Are the Most Common Complications of Suctioning?

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jul 22, 2022 8:00:00 AM

Although many first responders express reservations about airway suctioning, it is a potentially life-saving procedure that when correctly performed, has a low risk of complications. With both cold and flu season and allergy season causing year-round respiratory issues, it is always a great time for first responders to brush up on their airway management skills. Continuing education classes and regular drills can prepare you to manage even difficult airways. It’s equally important to be mindful of the main complications of suctioning. Awareness of these potential complications can guide your technique while encouraging your team to remain vigilant and diligent.

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What is a Yankauer Suction Catheter?

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jul 15, 2022 8:00:00 AM

In 1907, otolaryngologist Sidney Yankauer revolutionized the world of medical suction with his eponymous Yankauer suction catheter. Dr. Yankauer worked at the outpatient surgery department in Mount Sinai hospital and while there, this unassuming ENT specialist invented numerous pieces of medical equipment. Dr. Yankauer is hailed as a medical genius and admired for his prolific publishing output.

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How Pharyngeal Suction Can Save Your Patient

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jun 28, 2022 8:00:00 AM

 

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Topics: Emergency medical suction, EMS suction, Medical Suction

Minimizing Risk When Performing Airway Suctioning

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jun 8, 2022 5:30:00 AM

 

Difficult to precisely define and encompassing a wide range of situations, medical errors nevertheless can be devastatingly costly patients and to health care providers. Protecting against these mistakes is expensive, as well, with the value of the medical malpractice insurance market estimated by some to be over $17 billion and premiums increasing rapidly in recent years.

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The Purpose of Suctioning Patients During Sedation

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 23, 2022 8:00:00 AM

With the advent of minimally invasive in-office procedures, patients are increasingly choosing sedation instead of general anesthesia. Sedation exists on a continuum, ranging from very mild sedation to deep sedation, but it is generally safer than anesthesia and requires a shorter recovery time. Patients also may require sedation in some emergency medicine scenarios.

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The Dangers of Oropharyngeal Suctioning

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 20, 2022 8:00:00 AM

Anyone working in patient care knows how important oropharyngeal suctioning is to maintaining airway patency. Not only does it remove bodily fluids (blood, mucus, saliva, and vomit) from the airway, but it also allows visualization of the vocal cords during intubation—a crucial step in establishing an advanced airway.

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Tips For Avoiding Aspiration Pneumonia

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 6, 2022 8:00:00 AM

You are called to the nursing home to treat a “patient choking.” Upon arrival, you are rushed to the room of an elderly man who has suffered three previous strokes, resulting in limited mobility and significant speech impairment. Fortunately, the patient is no longer choking. Swift action on the part of the staff prevented an airway obstruction, and the patient is now resting comfortably. But is he truly out of danger? 

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6 Precautions Nurses Should Take When Suctioning

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 25, 2022 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. Some simple precautionary measures can both reduce risk and improve patient outcomes.

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What are the Main Complications of Tracheal Suctioning?

Posted by Sam D. Say

Mar 28, 2022 8:00:00 AM

Tracheal suctioning saves lives. It can maintain a patent airway in patients with infections who cannot clear their own airway, and it’s a first line of defense against aspiration pneumonia and can prevent hypoxia in patients experiencing anaphylaxis and airway obstructions. Knowing the most common morbidities associated with tracheal suctioning is key to preventing bad outcomes.

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