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Face Mask Ventilation

what you’ll find here

  • Rapid review of key skills
  • Best practice techniques for FMV
  • Critical optimization for FMV
  • Expert pearls
  • Integrated in-person training opportunities

Rapid Review to Dive Deep 🤿

This space is organized to bring you the most rapid and essential knowledge first. After that, go ahead and customize your learning by exploring what’s important to you in the content below. Look for the ✋emoji for learning that has an associated hands on component for in person learners.

rapid review – the two thumbs down

Why Two Thumbs Down? 🎧
BVM In the age of covid (1:43 min) ✋
first effort BVM – step by step
How is the BONES mnemonic useful?
Optimization & Best Effort – BVM

Like every upper airway lifeline, your first effort may not work. If your first attempt fails you need to be able to rapidly optimize to achieve your best effort.

✋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.

🤔 Self-Practice Visualization Audio Guide

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.

Optimization tools for FMV – 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.

listen to what the bag tells you

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.

The Effect of PEEP on human lungs in the PAC anatomy lab – Chris Root MD
Remember the BVM is 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.

All done? if you’re in person don’t pass up on all the Integrated hands on learning opportunities connected with this space!

Look for the ✋icon for those skills that can be practiced in person:

  1. At our hands on skills stations where you can practice at your own pace.
  2. With our coaches for real time feedback
  3. In our integrated SIM challenges

The classic #foamed video on BVM
famous airway quotes
Give us your feedback

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. Look for the ✋emoji for integrated hands on training opportunities.

when you can’t be with us – Online learning

When you can’t be with us in person, you can still access all the same content on this topic. Simply click on the masterclass link below to take you to the online masterclass learning space.

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