Friday, September 6, 2019


Q: During bag-mask ventilation (BMV), what is the best way to reduce the likelihood of decreasing gastric inflation? 

 Answer: Squeezing the bag slowly over one full second reduces the likelihood of decreasing gastric inflation. A slowly delivered tidal volume prevents sufficient pressure to open the gastroesophageal sphincter.

It also helps to prevent a dramatic impact on the cardiac output of a patient.



Fitz-Clarke JR. Fast or Slow Rescue Ventilations: A Predictive Model of Gastric Inflation. Fitz-Clarke JR1. Respir Care. 2018 May;63(5):502-509. doi: 10.4187/respcare.05620.

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