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What Every Anesthesiologist Should Know About the Manual Resuscitation Bag

Sivco, Carolyn S., BS*; Cherian, Verghese T., MD, FFARCSI

doi: 10.1213/XAA.0000000000000839
Educational Tool

The bag-valve-mask or the manual resuscitation bag is life-saving equipment. This article explains its construction, functioning, and limitations. This article also attempts to clarify some common misconceptions such as whether a resuscitation bag can be used to preoxygenate or provide continuous positive airway pressure or positive end-expiratory pressure and the highest percentage of oxygen that it can deliver.

From the *Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine, Penn State Health College of Medicine

Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine, Penn State Health College of Medicine, Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Accepted for publication May 31, 2018.

Funding: None.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Address correspondence to Verghese T. Cherian, MD, FFARCSI, Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine, Penn State Health MS Hershey Medical Center, 500 University Dr, Hershey, PA 17033. Address e-mail to vcherian@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.

© 2018 International Anesthesia Research Society
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