Purchasing Points: Suction Units


Purchasing Points: Suction Units

At Master Medical Equipment, we believe in giving you the tools to make the best choices. We want to equip you with knowledge of all the choices and options you have at your disposal as a consumer.

What is the purpose of Suction Units?

The overarching goal of suction in EMS is to mitigate retained or excessive upper and lower respiratory tract secretions in patients who are unable to do so effectively for themselves. SpO2 should be monitored during suction to ensure the patient does not experience suction-induced hypoxia.

In this article, we are going to examine the two leading manufacturers of Portable Suction Units:
SSCOR – Founded in 1980, suction is SSCOR’s primary focus.
Laerdal Medical – Began creating suction units in 1969 and has since expanded their catalogue to training, educational and other medical devices.


S-SCORT III EMS Portable Suction Unit:

  • The S-Scort III is the leader in today’s EMS environment! It provides all the power and versatility to quickly and effectively clear an airway, weighs only 7 pounds, and is economical to purchase and maintain.
  • It has a 2-position regulator to choose full or reduced power for endotracheal and pediatric suction procedures.
  • Sealed Battery and includes: Dual mode charger, DC power cord, canister, 2m tube, suction tip.
  • One Year Warranty


The SSCOR VX-2 is a portable, powerful battery-powered suction unit that can be mounted in the action area of an ambulance and used as onboard suction. An optional charging/retention bracket connects the team to vehicle power at all times.

  • With a variable regulator gauge, outward-facing controls, and drawing power from the vehicle, the VX-2 is set up for onboard suction but can easily be removed from the retention bracket and used as portable suction.
  • One Year Warranty


  • Perfect for disaster preparedness. It can be stored for long periods without the need for charging.
  • 6-9 hour run time
  • It can also be powered indefinitely by DC or AC optional charging cords
  • Variable regulator and gauge
  • Battery condition indicator
  • 3-year warranty

SSCOR Quickdraw:

  • The Quickdraw easily fits into an airway or first-in bag so that you can have quality medical suction available at the patient’s side. It provides suction as efficiently as a large aspirator but weighs only 2.6 pounds.
  • Perfect for disaster preparedness. It can be stored for long periods without the need for charging.
  • Battery pack run time is 3 hours.
  • You can also use 10 AAA alkaline batteries with an optional battery holder.
  • 3-hour run time
  • One year warranty


Laerdal LCSU 4

This version has a 800ml disposable Canister supported by a Wire Stand bracket. The Canister has an internal filter in the lid and mechanical shutoff valve that protects against contamination and overflow. To increase filtration efficiency the Vacuum Tube may be replaced with a High Efficiency Filter Kit. The Kit is used in situations where there is a high risk of cross-contamination.

  • Compact, powerful, and reliable, the LCSU 4 combines a rugged design with lightweight portability, making it an essential tool for every first responder.
  • 300 or 800 ml disposable canister (800ml shown)
  • External power indicator
  • Variable regulator
  • Field replaceable high-capacity NiMH battery pack
  • Approximately 45-minute run time
  • 2-year warranty (excluding canister, tubing, and Battery. Battery = 90 days)

Laerdal LSU

  • Ergonomic and quick to break down and assemble.
  • Control panel with color-coding for children’s vacuum range area.
  • According to Laerdal: LSU can reach a vacuum of 500+ mmHg and has a flow rate of >25 LPM, exceeding international standards.
  • Canister Options: Available as a reusable or semi-disposable option, providing easy conversions between the canister systems.
  • Approximately 45-minute run time. Charges to 80% after 3 hours
  • Five-year warranty
  • The average lifespan of 10 years

We are here to answer any questions you may have about these portable suction units. Our friendly and knowledgeable customer service team is here to help you find a solution! Call us at 866-468-9558 or check out our site’s live chat feature today!