The latest version of the popular Laerdal Compact suction
is now even smaller. It is available in two models, each with different sized
canisters. The 300 ml canister model is small enough to fit in a medical bag.
This model is ideal when mobility is desired and/or for ALS Providers, who usually only
need suction for long enough to get an ET tube in. I really like the form factor of this version becuase it is compact and narrow. It fits down into my favorite ALS bag perfectly.
For BLS Providers and/or Vehicle Use, the
version with the 800ml canister has advantages. It will hold a lot more emesis
for the continuous suction that is often required when a basic EMT faces a
compromised airway. Features common to both versions are a variable vacuum regulator, with an LED display, and an AC/DC field changeable, NiMH battery pack.
Other than the SCCOR Jr. Quickdraw, this is the only powered suction device that really is conveniently portable. If it can fit in your first-in bag it is with you when you need it. Ask yourself, how many times have you had to ask for someone to go back to your rig to get the suction?