Ventilating a patient using a bag valve device requires significant concentration and skill in stressful situations. With every squeeze of the bag, the medic is selecting the respiratory rate and tidal volume. Despite performing well in a classroom, BVMs have been linked to high incidence of hyperventilation which increases mean intrathoracic pressure. This additional pressure impedes venous return and decreases cardiac output. It may accelerate the rate of an uncontrolled bleed, contribute to popping the clot and unduly elevate intracranial pressure in TBI patients.
The SAVe II mitigates the potential for injury, reduces operator error, complies with guidelines, and improves the responder’s ability to perform other critical tasks. The SAVe II performs as well in the field with your ears ringing as in the classroom.