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airway-100px The Edge: Preemptive Airway Decontamination

EMS World Magazine

Issue:  April 2021
James DuCanto, MD

As the innovator who brought the Suction-Assisted Laryngoscopy Airway Decontamination (SALAD) technique to the attention of hospital and prehospital clinicians, my insight on these innovations is that until recently preemptive airway decontamination has not been routinely discussed and practiced in simulation, and even less so in clinical practice. 



DuCanto-Photo-100px Clearing the Airway With SALAD: An Interview With Dr. James DuCanto

Dr. James DuCanto wants to make one thing clear: he didn’t know what the implications would be when he started the project that would lead to the development of the SALAD technique. The project originally came about as the result of a question, curiosity, and a desire to make a difference. Seeing the rate of first pass failure in intubation among medical professionals, Dr. DuCanto asked himself, “How can I help them do a better job?”



What-You-Need-to-Know-About-the-SALAD-Technique-200px What You Need to Know About the SALAD Technique

Every year, more than 60,000 Americans die from complications of dysphagia and other swallowing disorders. The most common of these complications is aspiration pneumonia. Traumatic injuries that cause continuous bleeding into the airway can also lead to aspiration. 

Suction Assisted Laryngoscopy and Airway Decontamination (SALAD) can lower morbidities and mortality associated with aspiration and related syndromes. 



Jems 2015 august JEMS Article - Overview of Prehospital Airway Suctioning

Clearing your patient's airway with finesse & Expertise
August 2015 Edition

This Jems article discusses the critcal need to clear the airway. Potential complications of a poorly maintained airway on the scene will certainly develop into further complications for the patient in days and weeks to come. Initial airway maintenance is critical to patient safety on the scene and a faster patient recovery.

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Suction JEMS Article - The Importance of Suctioning Can’t Be Underscored Enough

There are few things in emergency care more important than a clear airway.
August 2015

" of the most neglected areas in EMS care—an area where crews have become extremely complacent, too often leaving their portable suction units in their apparatus."

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Guide Cover SSCOR Publishes Guide to Portable Emergency Suction Devices

Industry Leader's New E-Book Helps Hospitals Through Process of Purchasing Life-Saving Machines
June 22, 2015 04:00 ET

SUN VALLEY, CA--(Marketwired - June 22, 2015) - SSCOR, Inc., a leading manufacturer of medical devices designed to aid healthcare professionals in clearing patient airways, today announced it is publishing a resource to help hospitals through the process of buying and maintaining portable emergency suction devices for their facilities. The e-book, The Ultimate Guide to Purchasing an Emergency Suction Device, is available for free download...

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Whitepaper Portable Emergency Suction:
A Critical Tool in Avoiding Aspiration Pneumonia

When aspiration occurs, various pulmonary complications can result. Two of the most significant are aspiration pneumonia and aspiration pneumonitis.

This paper discusses the importance of portable emergency suction as a critical tool in preventing aspiration and its subsequent complications.

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