Suctioning 101: What We Learned in 2020

Posted by Sam D. Say

Dec 29, 2020 7:30:00 AM

Suctioning has long been a mainstay of both emergency and routine medical care, but in 2020, it truly came into its own. On a given team, there might have been one or two suctioning experts. But in the wake of the pandemic, every member of every team needed to become a skilled, compassionate expert at suctioning patients. 

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Topics: Suction for EMS professionals

6 Complexities of Suctioning a Bariatric Patient During COVID-19

Posted by Sam D. Say

Dec 8, 2020 7:30:00 AM

Emerging evidence suggests that bariatric patients are at a higher risk of developing severe COVID illness. This means they may represent a disproportionate share of your patients during the pandemic. If you’re suctioning a bariatric patient, here are six complexities to consider. 

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Topics: Suction for EMS professionals, Medical Suction

What Every EMS Coordinator Must Know Before Buying Portable Medical Suction

Posted by Sam D. Say

Oct 29, 2020 9:41:03 AM

Purchasing any type of new medical equipment is a major decision, and portable medical suction is no exception. There are countless products available, all of which come with different sizes, shapes capabilities, and situation-specific features. So, how do you decide which medical suction device to buy?

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Topics: Emergency medical suction, Suction for EMS professionals

3 Medical Suction Training Scenarios for EMS Professionals

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 16, 2019 8:00:00 AM

As you first approach your patient, you hear him snoring and notice the familiar sound of gurgling coming from his mouth. You immediately know you will be working to manage his airway—all within seconds of looking at, listening to, speaking with, and touching the patient. In fact, the first few seconds when you approach your patient will likely give you the most clinical information about your patient’s condition. You are bombarded with your patient’s information rapidly, sometimes instantaneously.

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2019 EMS Trends to Watch

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 14, 2019 8:00:00 AM

The EMS industry seems to have different trends constantly—new technologies and improved techniques bombard you on what seems like a daily basis. In 2019, these trends appear to have a deeper focus on the EMS system as a whole and the ultimate goal of improving the system and focusing on the patient. Let’s look at a few EMS trends to watch in 2019 and how they can impact you and your practice.

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What Rural Hospital Closures Mean for EMS Professionals

Posted by Sam D. Say

Feb 20, 2019 8:00:00 AM

In the last 8 years, rural America has seen 83 hospitals close their doors1, putting added strain on already limited resources and leaving communities without access to emergency healthcare. The remaining hospitals are responsible for a wider radius of territory which has led to increased patient transport time. As a result, first response care has become even more crucial in rural communities when an emergency situation arises and every second counts.

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4 Types of Suctioning Machines Every EMS Professional Should Know How to Use

Posted by Sam D. Say

Nov 15, 2018 11:12:00 AM

Airway suctioning is a routine part of a first responder’s job. From preventing aspiration pneumonia to clearing the airway of a drowning victim, the right suction machine is an integral part of your EMS toolkit. Yet many paramedics, EMTs, and other first responders avoid suctioning the airway unless they absolutely have to.

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Topics: Suction for EMS professionals, EMS suction

Summertime Suction Machine Maintenance: Tips of the Trade 

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 25, 2017 4:30:00 AM

Each change of season brings special challenges for EMS professionals. Depending on where you live, and the climate in which you respond, temperature extremes can dictate specific precautions when it comes to equipment maintenance. In the extreme north, where heavy snowfall impedes response, specialized gear such as tires and protective clothing may need to be employed.

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Avoid These Three Medical Suction Machine Dangers

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 15, 2017 4:30:00 AM

We tend to think of prehospital suctioning as a simple, straightforward treatment. You assemble your equipment, prep the patient, turn on the unit, and get to work clearing the airway. Easy, right?

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The Role of the Portable Suction Machine in Cardiac Arrest

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jun 28, 2017 4:30:00 AM

Anyone who has worked in the field of EMS has worked their fair share of codes. You arrive on scene to find a patient in full arrest, so you initiate CPR, begin bagging, and break out your ALS equipment. Everything is running smoothly—that is, until the patient vomits. You reach for your portable suction unit, only to realize you left it on the truck. Big mistake!

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Topics: Suction for EMS professionals