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CONTROLLED VENTILATION – Are You (and Your BVM) Up To The Task?

Since the late 1950’s, the Bag-Valve-Mask resuscitator, (originally developed by AMBU in Denmark), has been the mainstay of the healthcare provider for emergency ventilation of the patient in respiratory and/or cardiac arrest. These self-inflating balloons (a development from the anesthesia machine “black breathing bag”) have proliferated into an industry estimated to be worth some 60 million dollars in the U.S. alone. But what of the effectiveness of these devices?

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