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Face Mask Ventilation



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This space is organized from rapid review to deep dive, bringing you the essential knowledge first, or you can go directly to a topic by clicking on any link in the navigation tool below. Getting started is as easy as scrolling down.

The Online Learning Space

Enhanced Digital Content

Use this learning space in two ways. As an online course, scroll down and enter the online learning space. Explore each section below, or use the navigation tool to go directly to the content you’re interested in. Then, use this enhanced digital content in one of our pop-up physical spaces for hands-on procedure training, skills challenges, and expert coaching.

Rapid ReviewFirst Attempt
Guided PracticeRelated Content
Earn PointsWhat’s Next

Rapid Review

two thumbs down & jaw thrust up

There are many ways to perform face mask ventilation with a BVM. We don’t teach all of them here. In this space we are focused on the airway emergency. What is the best way to use a BVM to provide lifesaving oxygen to a hypoxic patient in a rapidly evolving situation? Thumbs down it’s this one.

Two thumbs down with the jaw thrust up is our first go-to technique when you want your first attempt to be successful. We give it to you here in 60 seconds.

Why Two Thumbs Down? 🎧

Why do we recommend the two thumbs down technique?. It’s not about one size fits all but about the environment in which your knowledge is deployed. Listen here to find out what we mean.

Procedure Video

first effort BVM – step by step

You want you’re first attempt at face mask ventilation to be successful. This technique is the most likely to get you there.


when you don’t get it right the first time

You don’t always get it right on the first try, so you need to be able to work in real-time to optimize your technique quickly. Optimization is important for two reasons: first, to oxygenate your patient successfully, and second to let you know that you’ve given it your best effort and it’s time to move on to another upper airway lifeline. Don’t waste time and effort repeating it if it isn’t working. MOVE ON!

Airway Adjuncts

Airway obstruction caused by the soft tissues of the oropharynx are a common cause of difficulty with FMV. The OPA and NPA are optimization tools to help bypass those obstructions. Learn how to place them here. ✋

The Power of PEEP

Anatomy demonstration

Not all BVMs come with a PEEP valve. If you have a good seal and no obstruction, but your patient’s O2 saturation refuses to rise. Maybe you need a little PEEP. Please take a look at why this is important here.

The Physical Learning Space

Procedures, Skills, Coaching

integrated digital & Physical space

This online learning space has enhanced content designed to be part of an immersive, hands-on training lab. The interactive graphic posters create pop-up learning in the physical space for procedure training, skills challenges, expert coaching, simulations, and team training opportunities.

HANDS-ON training

Remember, if you’re in one of our pop-up learning spaces or a PAC Live event, find this icon and use the multimedia tools for hands-on guided practice.

  1. Look for this icon.
  2. Snap the QR code.
  3. Begin your hands-on practice.
  4. Get feedback on your skills.

Don’t forget to ask our faculty coaches for real-time expert feedback and earn points!

User Guide

Keep yourself on track and get credit for completion using this guide.

  1. Open the guide to a tab on your browser.
  2. Visit each poster & review the content.
  3. Complete any challenges to earn points.

What’s Next


Congratulations! You’ve completed this section of the learning space. Collect all the available points before moving on to the next poster to explore all the interactive and hands-on learning opportunities. 

Would you like to continue on this journey? Below is a bundle of related content for you to explore from other PAC learning spaces, some great curated content, and network builders.


Anatomy of the BVM

A closer look at a BVM will give you a renewed appreciation for its design and will make your use of the device better. Let’s take a look 👇


Why is BVM practice so bad?
& how to fix it

Join us as we explore the strange disconnect between this supposedly fundamental skill set and its real world implementation.

Curated MedEd

Build Your Network

Reuben Strayer is one of our favorites! We think you’ll enjoy his practical insights and dry wit in this video. Then follow him on Twitter to build your learning network.

Online Only

If you can’t be with us in person, you can still use this enhanced digital content as an online course. Visit the digital home page of this learning space by using the link below. Otherwise, head to the next poster above to continue through the physical learning space.

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