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Face Mask Ventilation in the Time of COVID19

The Virtual Training Lab

Welcome to the Digital Space for this Poster

Now that you’ve connected, explore all the content on this page using your own mobile device. Below are all the key concepts and skills you will need before you enter the virtual training lab.

Why the Basics Matter Again

In the age of COVID19 we’ve had to rethink many of our clinical procedures; in particular our approach to airway management. Patients with acute hypoxia or respiratory failure need emergency oxygenation and airway support, but positive pressure ventilation is an aerosol generating procedure, and so in the time of COVID19, proper technique is even more essential to keep yourself and your team members safe.

Face Mask Ventilation is a high risk procedure in the time of COVID19. Solid technique is more important than ever to reduce aerosolization of viral particles.

The safe BVM Set-up

Here is a rapid fire video on the key components of a BVM set-up. The key feature to remember is the placement of a viral filter between the face mask and the bag. This is essential. Having ETCO2 if it is available is nice, but it is not essential in an emergency. Don’t wait for it if it’s not immediately available to you.

Review of the two thumbs down technique

The right FMV technique in an emergency is very different what is frequently taught in the operating theater. This is because in emergency airway we are working in a very different environment. Two person, two thumbs down technique will give you the best success and the best face mask seal to prevent aerosolization of viral particles.

The Physical Space

Now flip it! Take everything you just learned in the digital space and translate it into the physical space in our integrated virtual training lab.

Connect with Faculty Mentors

Now that you’ve completed your work in both the digital and physical space, it’s time to connect with a faculty mentor. Review your skills, ask questions and get real-time feedback.