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: EMS suction, Suction for EMS professionals

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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Topics: Suction for EMS professionals

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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Topics: Suction for EMS professionals

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

How to Identify a Portable Suction Unit for MCI Trailers

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jun 2, 2017 4:30:00 AM

 

Mass-casualty incidents (MCIs) are a growing concern in EMS. It seems we can't go a week without a mass shooting—a frightening reality in today's society. But MCIs also take other forms: multi-car pileups on the interstate, natural disasters that strike without warning, and the threat of bioterrorism from enemies abroad. As EMS professionals, we must be ready for anything.

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Topics: Suction for EMS professionals

Dangerous Chest Tube Complications to Avoid During Transport

Posted by Sam D. Say

Mar 27, 2017 4:30:00 AM

Although the placement of chest tubes usually falls to physicians, many healthcare workers—be they paramedics or nurses—have had to take care of patients with chest tubes in place, either in a hospital setting or during transport. Chest tubes are a critical factor in certain respiratory emergencies, so let’s review the indications for placement and some of the dangerous complications you can avoid when caring for such patients.

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Topics: Suction for EMS professionals

Three Serious Suction Machine Issues to Avoid

Posted by Sam D. Say

Feb 6, 2017 4:30:00 AM

As a medical professional, you know the critical role suctioning plays in airway management. Whether you are a medic on a rescue, a flight nurse on a helicopter, or part of an emergency room staff, you’ve seen how effective suctioning can be for a patient in respiratory distress.

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Topics: Suction for EMS professionals

Patients Arriving by Ambulance: EMS to Blame for Aspiration Pneumonia?

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jun 16, 2016 4:30:00 AM

The patient was practically comatose by the time you arrived on scene. A gastric cancer patient, he had lost his ability to effectively swallow and had regurgitated once he arrived home from his chemotherapy treatment. As your partner flips open the airway bag, you attach the monitor and note a bradycardic rate of fifty-four. You set up for an IV while your partner cranks on the O2, only to realize the tank is empty. He dashes out to the truck for a replacement while you attempt the IV. Valuable seconds tick by. The patient is breathing on his own, yet gasping, and you fail to notice the remnants of vomit and bile rimming his mouth. With each passing minute, he inhales more of the acidic stomach contents lodged in his airway. His prognosis is quickly devolving.

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Topics: Airway management, Suction for EMS professionals

The One Tool Everyone in the Paramedic Field Should Be Using

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 3, 2016 4:30:00 AM

Paramedics rely on a multitude of tools. Imagine treating the range of patients you encounter in the field – from cardiacs, to trauma, to pediatrics – without a wide assortment of tools from which to choose. Impossible, right? And although some of these tools are essential to the job, and dictated by local and national standards, each tool contains various components that make it ideal for the system within which you work.

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Topics: Suction for EMS professionals

Portable Suction: Why It's Crucial for a Paramedic to have On-Hand

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 28, 2016 4:30:00 AM

The child was pulled from the deep end pulseless and apneic. CPR was initiated immediately, and by the time you and your crew arrive on scene, a faint pulse is detectable. Your partner begins ventilating the patient, when suddenly the child vomits. Your potential save is once again in peril; this time from choking and aspiration. You reach for your portable suction unit and realize you left it on the truck. A crew member races back to the rescue to retrieve it as you log-roll the child onto his side, all the while struggling to ventilate, maintain c-spine, and continue resuscitative efforts. Not a good scenario.

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Topics: Handheld portable suction, Suction for EMS professionals