Finally, A Better Suction Tip for Resuscitation

Posted by Sam D. Say

Mar 7, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Invented in 1907 by Dr. Sidney Yankauer, the Yankauer suction tip has withstood the test of time. The rigid Yankauer suction tip was originally designed to remove blood and secretions from a patient’s oral airway during tonsillectomy procedures. In fact, many practitioners call the Yankauer a “tonsil tip” suction device for this reason.

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9 Oral Suctioning Procedure Tips for Safer Patient Care

Posted by Sam D. Say

Mar 5, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Oral suctioning in a controlled environment is one thing, but as a first responder, this is a luxury that just doesn’t happen very often. For patients with an airway emergency requiring intubation, you rely on equipment that is efficient, rugged, and safe in order to quickly and safely intubate and secure your patients’ airways. Effective suctioning makes a difference—perhaps even a life-saving difference—in a resuscitated patient. Aspiration pneumonia can occur in up to 50% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest resuscitations, so what are you to do? Following oral suctioning procedure tips as well as using the best EMS suction equipment available, improves both your efficiency as well as the safe outcomes of your patient.

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Oropharyngeal Suctioning Standard Operating Procedure: The Basics

Posted by Sam D. Say

Feb 26, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Airway management is a priority for nurses and first responders alike. A critical component of this is effective airway clearance techniques to manage oropharyngeal secretions. Whether in the field or in a hospital, the how and when of oral suctioning must be mastered in order to ensure the patient's patent airway.

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7 Errors Nurses Make When Operating a Suction Machine

Posted by Sam D. Say

Dec 26, 2018 8:00:00 AM

 

Operating a suction machine demands skill and precision. Yet many nurses only perform suctioning at times of high stress and chaos, such as in a tactical medical scenario or on a patient who has aspirated. Suction errors are preventable, but can also be catastrophic. According to research published in 2016, medical error is the third leading cause of death in the United States.

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Tracheotomy Suctioning Procedure: What You Need to Know

Posted by Sam D. Say

Dec 4, 2018 8:00:00 AM

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What are the Main Complications of Tracheal Suctioning?

Posted by Sam D. Say

Nov 27, 2018 8:00:00 AM

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Portable Medical Suction for Ambulances: 5 Things You Need to Know

Posted by Sam D. Say

Nov 20, 2018 8:00:00 AM

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What is a Yankauer Suction Catheter?

Posted by Sam D. Say

Nov 6, 2018 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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The Importance of Suction in Pulmonary Aspiration Emergencies

Posted by Sam D. Say

Oct 22, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Pulmonary aspiration is a common medical emergency, especially in patients with endotracheal tubes or other aspiration risk factors. One study found an aspiration rate of 3.5 percent of intubated patients. A study of hospitalized patients suggests an even higher prevalence rate and points to the role of swallowing disorders in many aspiration cases.

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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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