Bag Valve Mask

As a health care provider, a Bag Valve Mask is an essential piece of equipment. The BVM is utilized to provide artificial ventilation to a patient who has inadequate or no respiration. The person using the BVM may attach Oxygen to the BVM to deliver a higher concentration of O2. The American Heart Association advocates using the BVM over the old method of mouth to mouth ventilations.

bag-valve-maskThe BVM comes in many different sizes to accommodate adults and pediatrics. It is very important that you select the correct size BVM.  An Adult BVM would be to large to have an adequate face seal around the mouth and nose.

A pediatric BVM may fit a small adult, but the amount of volume delivered would be inaccurate. Please be sure to follow local protocols for using the BVM.

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