Bag Valve Masks

Video 43 of 48
2 min 37 sec
Want to watch this video? Sign up for the course or enter your email below to watch one free video.

Unlock This Video Now for FREE

This video is normally available to paying customers.
You may unlock this video for FREE. Enter your email address for instant access AND to receive ongoing updates and special discounts related to this topic.

Using the Bag Valve Mask for Effective Ventilation


Ensuring Adequate Ventilation with the Bag Valve Mask

Optimal Ventilation Technique

Key Steps for Effective Ventilation

  • Airway Adjuncts: Employing airway adjuncts to facilitate proper ventilation.
  • Bag Valve Mask Capacity: Understanding that the mask's chamber holds approximately 1,200 millilitres of air.
  • Controlled Ventilation: Emulating natural breathing patterns with gentle inhalation and slow exhalation.
  • Preventing Epiglottis Closure: Ventilating in a manner that avoids epiglottis closure, which can redirect air into the stomach.
  • Sealing the Mask: Using a "C" shape hand technique to achieve a secure seal around the patient's face.
  • Proper Mask Placement: Placing the mask over the bridge of the nose and securing it with fingers over the mandible's hard bone.

Ventilation Procedure

Executing Ventilation for Optimal Results

  • Head Position: Tilt the patient's head back to ensure a clear airway.
  • Respiratory Rate: Maintain a normal respiratory rate for adults, typically once every five or six seconds.
  • Monitoring Chest Movement: Observe the chest for rising and falling, confirming effective lung ventilation.