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Face Mask Ventilation

A NEXTGEN LEARNING SPACE DESIGNED TO ELEVATE YOUR AIRWAY PRACTICE
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This space is organized from rapid review to deep dive; bringing you the most essential knowledge first. Getting started is as simple as scrolling down. You can also customize your learning and go directly to a topic by clicking on any link in the navigation tool below.πŸ‘‡

Rapid ReviewDive Deeper
COVID & BVMOptimization
Guided AudioPEEP
TroubleshootingFOAMed
Hands On 🀚 Masterclass
Rapid Review

World moving too slow for you? Want it in 60 seconds or less? Get some high speed hits of essential knowledge with the selection below and prime yourself for what comes next. ⏩

rapid review – the two thumbs down
1:03 MIN (MUSIC: MOVES LIKE JAGGER – MAROON 5)

Why Two Thumbs Down? 🎧
dive deeper

Got some time? Slow it down and dive deeper into the material on this topic with the selections below 🀿

BVM In the age of covid (1:43 min)

Face mask ventilation in the time of COVID19 requires added safety measures. As an aerosolizing procedure, full PPE and the addition of a viral filter as well as maintaining a good mask seal during ventilation are critical. See the set-up here: βœ‹

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. βœ‹

It doesn’t always go as planned in an emergency, and you don’t always get it right the first time. That’s okay. But you need to be able to predict potential problems, and to problem-solve in real time, so that if your first attempt fails you’re able to rapidly optimize your approach to achieve your best effort. We call this the Oxygenation Cycle. Just scroll down to see the essential optimization tools for the BVM. πŸ‘‡


If you want to take a deeper dive into this concept of the Oxygenation Cycle you can learn more here.

How is the BONES mnemonic useful?
Self Practice Opportunity

Run through this optimization sequence on your own using the guided audio self-practice tool below, or at one of our in person skills stations. Then get feedback from one of our faculty coaches. βœ‹

rapid optimization guided audio

Guided visualization is a valuable training tool. Use this audio to walk yourself through the steps of optimizing your BVM until you can do it on your own without the audio. βœ‹


Optimization tools – the 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. βœ‹

listen to what the bag tells you βœ‹

The “bag” of the bag valve mask can give you a lot of critical information that can help you problem-solve in real time. Here is a quick discussion on this topic we think is helpful

Demonstration of PEEP with Emilio

Most BVMs don’t come with an essential piece of equipment attached: the PEEP valve. This important accessory will help you optimize your ability to recruit alveoli in a hypoxic patient. βœ‹

The Effect of PEEP on human lungs in the PAC anatomy lab – Chris Root MD
THe bigger picture: the BVM is just one of three upper airway lifelines

The BVM doesn’t exist in isolation. It’s one tool to successfully oxygenate your patient. The Vortex Approach is described by its creator as a “high acuity tool” that provides a valuable framework to help you prioritize oxygenation by integrating it with the other airway lifelines. When you’re ready you can take a deeper dive on this concept here.

curated FOAMED

We curate some of the best FOAMed resources so you can dive deeper into this topic and also build your learning network. Follow some of these great educators for great learning. We do!!

The classic #foamed video on BVM

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

Time for some hands on training

It’s not over! We designed this space for integration with hands on training opportunities. If you’re exploring this content in one of our pop-up training labs, use the equipment here to practice in a judgement free zone. If you’re with us at a PAC Live!! event don’t pass up on all the hand on learning, coaching, and sim-based challenge connected with these digital spaces!

Use these links to assist you with your hands on self-practice πŸ‘‡

Guided AudioBVM Basic
COVID & BVMPEEP
Hands on Guides

We recommend reviewing the following BVM related skills:

  1. Basic 2 thumbs down FMV
  2. Setting up the BVM (COVID)
  3. Rapid Optimization
  4. Placing PEEP valve

Taking the time to look closely at a BVM will give you a renewed appreciation for the design thinking that went into it, and yield some interesting bits of information that will make your use of the device better. So that’s what we’re going to do here. Let’s get started πŸ‘‡

For in person learners, locate any of the posters below within the installation to continue your training. Then snap the QR codes embedded within them to access the learning space.


For online learners use this link to return to the masterclass on this topic

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