Suction Units: Purchasing Points

Laerdal Suction unit

At MME, we aim to provide you the tools and resources to make the best equipment decisions for your practice. We’ve compiled our favorite suction unit options and want to highlight the features that make them unique.

So what is the purpose of Suction Units? In general, suction units in EMS mitigate retained or excessive upper and lower respiratory tract secretions in patients who are unable to do so effectively for themselves.

In this article, we are going to discuss two of the top brands in the suction sphere:

  • SSCOR– was founded in 1980, and suction is their only business.
  • Laerdal Medical– Began creating suction units in 1969 and has since expanded its offers to training and educational and medical devices.

First, let’s cover some of the SSCOR units and the warranties those units have:

S-SCORT III EMS Portable Suction Unit:

    • The S-Scort III is one of the leaders in EMS! 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

Lastly, let’s cover some of Laerdal’s units and their warranties:

Laerdal LCSU 4

      • Compact, powerful, and reliable, the unit combines a rugged design with lightweight portability, making it an essential tool for every first responder.
      • 300 or 800 ml disposable canister
      • 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.Laerdal Suction Unit
      • According to Laerdal: LSU can reach a vacuum of 500+ mmHg and has a flow rate of >25 LPM, exceeding international standards.
      • Cannister 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
      • Average lifespan of 10 years

Master Medical Equipment is here to answer any questions about these life-saving devices. Our friendly and knowledgeable customer service department is here to help you find a solution! Call us at 866-468-9558 or check out our live chat feature on our website today!