The BVM skill isn’t basic; it’s foundational. And doing it well is difficult. There are two things I can say about this topic with almost certainty:
- At some point in time, you were trained to use a bag-valve-mask.
- You could almost certainly be doing it way better.
I guarantee that you can improve your BVM technique by following these four essential guidelines. Make sure each breath is the right volume of air going to the right place, every time.
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