Bag-Valve-Mask Ventilation Periprocedural Care

Updated: Apr 06, 2020
  • Author: Nichole Bosson, MD; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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Periprocedural Care

Equipment

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.
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Patient Preparation

Anesthesia

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

Positioning

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

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