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Face Mask Ventilation

An integrated LEARNING SPACE DEVELOPED TO GIVE YOU ALL THE CONCEPTS & skills YOU need to master this airway lifeline

“How many pairs of underwear you buy in your career

depends mostly on how good you are at face mask ventilation.

– Reuben Strayer MD

MASTERCLASS – FACE MASK VENTILATION

If you’re reaching for that bag valve mask (BVM) you need to know how to use it. Unfortunately, many people badly underestimate the need for good BVM skills and therefore often skimp on their training with this essential upper airway lifeline. When this happens, the ability to perform effective face mask ventilation (FMV) is compromised, making definitive airway placement more difficult, and putting your patient at increased risk of prolonged hypoxia. In this space, we will impress on you the essential role the BVM plays as part of a successful emergency airway strategy, and give you all the core concepts and skills you need to integrate FMV successfully into your approach.


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Know your tools – the bag valve mask

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how to do it right – Face Mask Ventilation

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Optimization skills for for the BVM

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Face mask ventilation – Reuben Strayer

As Reuben Strayer @emupdates argues in the video below, you can be an average intubator with good BVM skills and stay out of trouble. By contrast, you can be an excellent intubator and find yourself in some scary situations if you have poor BVM skills.

FMV – An upper airway lifeline

Face mask ventilation is part of the Vortex approach to emergency airway management. If you understand its integration into the Vortex system you will have a better understanding of the important role it plays as an upper airway lifeline.

“When successful, the three upper airway lifelines of face mask (FMV), supraglottic airway (SGA) and endotracheal tube (ETT) are equally able to fulfil the goal of alveolar oxygen delivery but differ in their ability to fulfil secondary goals such as airway protection, airway security, and carbon dioxide elimination. Whilst important, these secondary goals become inconsequential if alveolar oxygen delivery cannot be achieved.”

Nicholas Chrimes MD

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