New disposable CPAP system introduced at EMS Today

Rescuer Emergency CPAP from BLS Systems offers combination of features we have not seen before

A new disposable CPAP type device was introduced at EMS Today in Baltimore. The Rescuer Emergency CPAP from BLS Systems offers a combination of features we have not seen before. It is completely disposable and easy to use. Oxygen is supplied by a standard oxygen flowmeter.

The Rescuer has a tubular oxygen reservoir with an anti-asphyxiation valve. This enables it to deliver acceptable FIO2 at relatively low flow rates. The Rescuer can produce 15cm of CPAP pressure at 10LPM flow. The only other disposable device with a reservoir is the Smith Oxy-PEEP.

It also has both inhalation and more importantly, an exhalation filter. This reduces the risk of transmitting airborne pathogens in a confined-space EMS environment. The adjustable PEEP valve is convenient and quickly adjusted to meet patient requirements.

Last, it has a medication port built in. The swivel allows for some patient movement and the mask and strap system are available in two different configurations. Based on my discussions it may also be one of the least expensive of the disposable CPAP type devices.

For more information on the Rescuer CPAP contact BLS System HERE.

About the author

Dan White, EMT-P works for Intersurgical, Inc. as the National Account Manager for EMS. Immediately prior he ran Arasan, LLC. He served as Sales & Marketing Director for Truphatek, Inc. and before that Director of Corporate Planning & Product Development for AllMed. He has been certified as a paramedic since 1978 and an EMS and ACLS instructor since 1981. Dan has designed many emergency medical products since his first, the White Pulmonary Resuscitator, including the Prolite Speedboad, Cook Needle Decompression Kit and RapTag Triage System. His more recent EMS product designs are the Arasan Ultra EMS Coat and the B2 Paramedic Helmet.

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