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

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

Getting Familiar with In-Hospital Suction Strategies

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 4, 2018 12:34:49 PM

When you think of in-hospital suction, you probably picture the typical wall-mounted unit that is supplied by vacuum lines piped throughout the building. What may not come readily to mind are portable suction units, but portable suction plays a vital role in the hospital setting. Let's familiarize ourselves with in-hospital suction strategies.

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Topics: Portable suction for hospitals, Medical Suction

Using Portable Suction Machines with the Special Needs Patient

Posted by Sam D. Say

Dec 28, 2017 4:30:00 AM

 

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Topics: Portable suction for hospitals, Handheld portable suction

Strategic Portable Suction for Hospitals

Posted by Sam D. Say

Oct 17, 2017 4:30:00 AM

 

When we think of portable suction units, we typically picture the prehospital scenario: working a cardiac arrest poolside, managing the unresponsive patient at a nursing home, or treating the trauma patient trapped in a vehicle. But portable suction plays a vital role within the hospital setting. Let's review some of the strategies that should be employed when making strategic decisions about portable suction for hospitals.

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Topics: Portable suction for hospitals