5 Safety Tips for Using Medical Suction Devices in Hospitals

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 2, 2021 5:30:00 AM

 

Yet again, hospital emergency departments and intensive care units are becoming overwhelmed. Doctors, nurses and medical personnel are being asked to go above and beyond to protect patients — and to do it quickly.

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Topics: Portable suction for hospitals, Handheld portable suction

How Many Emergency Medical Suction Units Your Hospital Really Needs

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jul 30, 2021 9:00:00 AM

Every nurse working in a hospital knows to expect the unexpected. Just when the unit seems calm, your shift is well-staffed, and your patients are stable, it can turn on a dime: Your doctor decides he wants STAT blood work on one patient, your other patient’s IV infiltrates, and an admission comes in from the emergency room. Meanwhile, a code is called in the waiting room for a visitor that suddenly collapsed and is not breathing.

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Topics: Portable suction for hospitals

Reducing the HAI Risk Attributable to Hospital Suction Canisters

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jun 1, 2021 7:00:00 AM

 

A hospital visit can save a patient’s life. It can also destroy it if they pick up a virulent healthcare-associated infection (HAI). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that on any given day, 1 in 31 hospital patients have at least one HAI. 

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Topics: Portable suction for hospitals, Medical Suction

How to Choose the Right Suction Strategy for Every Patient Every Time

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 20, 2021 5:15:00 AM

Suctioning can be life saving, and may prevent serious complications in the dental office or surgical suite. But suctioning can also be painful and traumatic, especially if the first attempt fails. Suction complications are common and become more likely when you use the wrong suction strategy. These tips can help you choose the right suction strategy for every patient every time. 

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Topics: Portable suction for hospitals, Medical Suction, portable suction

4 Ways to Tell Your Hospital Needs Portable Medical Suction

Posted by Sam D. Say

Dec 31, 2020 7:00:00 AM

In October of 2012, superstorm Sandy hit New York City with a vengeance. As area hospitals braced for the storm’s impact, administrators had no reason to fear their back-up generators would fail to function if the city’s power grid went down.

 

They were wrong.

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Topics: Portable suction for hospitals, Hospital disaster preparation

How Often You Should Really Replace Your Medical Suction Machine

Posted by Sam D. Say

Nov 19, 2020 8:14:37 AM

Every nurse knows durable medical equipment doesn’t last forever.

 

When was the last time you kicked a hospital bed in frustration because the motor ground to a halt as you were elevating a patient’s head? Or you discovered an IV pump apparently quit working in the middle of the night, depriving your patient of vital hydration?

 

When equipment like a portable medical suction machine unexpectedly stops working, it can be more than a nuisance. It can endanger patient safety. If you reach for a suction wand because your patient aspirated, and you discover there’s no suction...there may be a bad outcome in the wings.

 

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Topics: Portable suction for hospitals, Emergency medical suction

6 Things to Check After Every Time You Use a Portable Suction Device

Posted by Sam D. Say

Nov 10, 2020 11:08:49 AM

Portable suction can be a quick emergency intervention, a long-term treatment for patients under anesthesia, or a way to maintain safety and hygiene for people on ventilators. No matter how and when you use suction, no matter how routine it seems, it’s important to remember that no patient is routine. Each has their own story and own unique needs. Equally important, each presents a risk of infection and contagion if you do not correctly manage waste and clean up after suctioning. Here are the things you must check every time you use a portable suction machine. 

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Topics: Portable suction for hospitals, Handheld portable suction

What Every Hospital Must Know Before Buying a Battery-Powered Aspirator

Posted by Sam D. Say

Nov 5, 2020 8:44:38 AM

In 2014, Health Facilities Management magazine featured an article discussing the results of their Emergency Management Survey. A random sample of 911 hospital and health system executives were polled to learn about challenges faced during emergency situations such as natural disasters.

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Topics: Portable suction for hospitals, Battery-powered suction

4 Important Places Hospitals Need Portable Suction Machines

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 24, 2020 8:52:16 AM

For every 1,000 Americans, 423 made an emergency room visit to a community hospital in 2013. The population of the United States that year was 316.5 million, so when you do the math, that’s almost a whopping 134 million ER visits. This number doesn’t include millions of hospital inpatient stays or outpatient procedures, further emphasizing the importance—and challenges—of providing quality care every time someone walks in, or is wheeled in, the door.

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Topics: Portable suction for hospitals, Emergency medical suction

Why Durability Matters for Portable Suction Devices

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 22, 2020 7:00:00 AM

Healthcare costs in the United States are soaring. Americans spend more on healthcare than people in any other nation. Health systems, too, are struggling, facing enormous administrative costs and losing money when people cannot afford to pay their health bills. So it’s understandable that many agencies want to spend as little on medical equipment as possible. 

 

The challenge is that a few months or a few years down the line, they’re shelling out more cash. Cheap equipment is cheap for a reason. Durable equipment supports better patient care and may save you money over the long term.

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Topics: Portable suction for hospitals, portable suction