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Bag Mask Techniques

Bag Mask Techniques - Growth & Development, Training & Education, Clinical Training, CPR

Focus

A collection of bag-mask devicesProviding rescue breaths with a pocket or bag-mask device requires instruction and practice. The rescuer must be able to use the equipment effectively in a variety of situations.

Lateral technique (From patient's side)
This technique is most convenient for the lone rescuer who must also perform chest compressions. Put hands around mask as you do head tilt/chin lift.

Cephalic technique (E-C, At top of patient's head)
The face mask is held in place with the thumb and index finger forming a C around the rim. Remaining fingers grasp jaw forming an E as it lifts the bone. The cephalic technique is most often used for two-rescuer CPR or during rescue breathing when compressions are not needed.

Thenar technique (using thumbs, at top of patient's head)
The face mask is held in place with the thumbs and index fingers go under jaw bone (mandible) behind the ears and lift up. The thenar technique is most often used for 2- rescuer CPR or during rescue breathing when compressions are not needed.

If you are the only rescuer available using a Bag Valve Mask (E-C technique): 

If two rescuers are available using a Bag Valve Mask (E-C technique):