Bag-Valve-Mask Ventilation Periprocedural Care

Updated: Apr 05, 2022
  • Author: Nichole Bosson, MD; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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Periprocedural Care


Equipment required for bag-valve-mask (BVM) ventilation include the following:

  • BVM with reservoir (see the image below)
  • Oxygen connector tubing
  • Oxygen source
  • Suction
  • Nasopharyngeal airway (NPA)
  • Oropharyngeal airway (OPA)
Adult disposable bag-valve-mask. Adult disposable bag-valve-mask.

Patient Preparation


Anesthesia is generally not required when an indication exists. Elective ventilation in the operating room may require a sedative agent (eg, propofol).


Place towels under the patient’s head to position the ear level with the sternal notch. [2] Extend the patient’s head slightly.