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

Advancements In Portable Suction You Should Know

Posted by Sam D. Say

Mar 15, 2016 4:30:00 AM

For those of you who have worked in the field of EMS for several decades, you can attest to the radical changes that have taken place in equipment over the years. Patient compartments are better designed, equipment is more sophisticated, and computer technology has greatly improved patient care, report writing, and access to reference information.

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What Every EMT Should Already Know About Basic Airway Management

Posted by Sam D. Say

Feb 17, 2016 4:00:00 AM

Your BLS engine company is dispatched to a “difficulty breathing” call and your ALS rescue is still in the process of delivering their previous patient to the hospital. Dispatch is sending the next closest rescue, but the responding unit has just notified you that they are held up by a train. You arrive on scene, grab your O2 bag and jump kit and head inside. You and your fellow EMTs are on your own, at least for the next several minutes. You had better be prepared to assess and initiate treatment for a patient in respiratory distress!

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Topics: Suction for EMS professionals, EMS suction

Why Your EMS Squad Should Care About Portable Suction

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 21, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Emergency medical responders are responsible for saving lives every day. Their knowledge and skills enable them to quickly assess and treat patients who may be unconscious, unable to communicate or located in remote terrain.

 

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Topics: Emergency medical suction, Suction for EMS professionals

7 Questions to Ask Before Buying an Emergency Portable Suction Device

Posted by Sam D. Say

May 6, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Portable suction is not utilized in the field on every call, and oftentimes not even on an everyday basis. However, when it is needed, it can make the difference between a patient that leaves the hospital and one who dies of aspiration pneumonia after a successful resuscitation.

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Topics: Emergency medical suction, Suction for EMS professionals