To whom it may concern,
We flew from TLV to BRU with ELAL and as you probably are aware, there was a passenger on board that lost consciousness and went into arrest.Read More
I was called by the family to quickly come check on her, as you may know, I am part of Hatzalah for about 20 years and coordinator of Hatzalah in Antwerp as well.
Right away the situation was properly identified and I requested the crew member to bring me their medical equipment on board.
Along with 2 more passengers trained in First aid we administered the correct procedural CPR guidelines.
The reason for my email is actually for 3 reasons.
First reason, the crew, they were calm cool, collective and very on top of their game. The team leader(and the rest) was not only helpful but truly professional and in my years of experience, rare to find someone with such common sense during a chaotic moment.
Second reason: The medical equipment on board. Well put together, adequate equipment, thought out and complete. I was especially impressed with the up to date latest innovative design of BVM (the Pocket bag-valve-mask by MicroBVM) that was in the kit. This new innovation created by Israeli Paramedics is not only compact but easy to use and rugged. The only thing I would recommend is an extra set of AED (defibrillator ) pads and a longer lasting O2 (oxygen) tank that can deliver more than 4 liters/min.
Third reason: the pilot. His record timing to bring us back to TLV was commendable and incredible. This surely improved our chain of survival and the ability to keep up the CPR during right until the ground medical team took over.
The patient arrived against all odds to the hospital with a pulse. This shows the effectiveness of our collective and effective CPR.
Unfortunately the patient did not survive and passed away later at the hospital, but the family can definitely make peace with the fact that even at 7000ft, their mother received the best possible care and hand in hand, pilot, crew and us acted professionally and diligently.
Thank you ELAL for proving once again that you care, but you literally travel that extra mile!
Article on Ynet (Israeli online newspaper that covered the story https://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-5028862,00.html)
Shmulik Markowitz Paramedic who performed a mid-air resuscitation on an El Al flight
My stuff used to be over packed until I started using pocket BVMs
I have used the Micro BVM for a year now, it is so small, it allows me to carry full Paramedic ALS equipment with me on Search and Rescue Jobs together with my personnel kit, so I don’t have to compromise between the patient’s needs and my own, I can carry everything for me and the patient.Read More.
Its robust case protects the BVM from damage, so it can be used in the harshest of environments.
All my Team at Community Paramedics seem to like it also, as the Micro BVM is so much smaller we can carry extra kit so can provide a higher level of care, than otherwise would be the case.
Gary Eves Paramedic/ Director www.communityparamedics.co.uk
Dear Greg and the team!
A warm hello from South Africa, just a short note to say thank you for the awesome product, we have incorporated quite a few into our ambulance and rescue service here in SA.
Read MoreWe now carry your product on our Doctors response car, our 4×4 rescue units and our rescue boat! The space saving is worth every cent, we have managed to drill our trauma packs down to half the size and our tactical bags have literally halved in size, who would have thought a BVM could fit into a pocket 10cm by 20, absolute magic and takes up even less room than a pocket mask.
The product works extremely well and we have used it a number of times already, no issues experienced and always goes back to its original compact size. Awesome product thank you.
Tim Gray Managing Director Destination Medicine
For 14 years I worked as a paramedic in MADA- Israel’s National Rescue Organization. From the first time I was exposed to the Pocket BVM, it was clear to me that this was a product that was needed in the field.Read More
The Pocket BVM is highly compact and easily fits into my emergency kit, and as such I always carry one with me. Unfortunately I had to use the system when my mother-in-law suddenly collapsed, stopped breathing, and didn’t have a pulse. During the resuscitation, I used the Pocket BVM and it worked flawlessly. I highly recommend to all professional EMS personnel to carry a Pocket BVM. Just think what would happen if you need one and you don’t have it readily available? How will you feel if it is too late? The price and size of the Pocket BVM are so small relative to the benefit that it can provide- to save a life!
Tzvikah Bergstein Paramedic - MADA- Israel’s National Rescue Organization
My name is Isaac and I am a paramedic supervisor and member of the United Hatzalah ambucycle based fast response team. I was recently at a scene of a multiple-casualty terror attack in Israel requiring simultaneous intubation of 2 seriously injured patients.
Read MoreThe intensity of the incident was extremely challenging as we knew that if our intervention was to be successful on these trauma patients our efforts had to be implemented immediately, efficiently and accurately. Thankfully our efforts were in fact blessed with success. Having your Pocket BVM in my ALS tac-med response kit was a key element of this success. My gear gets a rough treatment on the back of my ambucycle, the fine dust, grit and sand that we have to contend with gets into everything but I still need my equipment clean, sterile yet ready for immediate deployment. The tough high-visibility case, compact design and ease of use make the Pocket BVM one of my favorite pieces of rescue gear. Kudos for developing a great product.
Issac Hacmon Paramedic
Every EMT should have one of these! Awesome little product. Anyone who keeps an EMS jump bag of any kind should get one of these. The normal BVM is massive and takes up a lot of space.
Footage documenting a resuscitation on a plane using the Pocket BVM. The patient was successfully resuscitated until arrival at the hospital.
Resuscitation on a plane
Snakebite Medicine Specialist and Herpetology based in San Francisco, CA; periodically adventuring in West & East Africa
I am a herpetologist and wilderness medicine specialist.I have used this BVM in my field bag for wilderness/remote medicine applications for several years now.
Read MoreFor the innovative design alone I would give this product 5 stars for use in adult patients and those who meet or exceed the manufacturer’s 88 lb minimum recommended body mass. This product solves the quandary of how to pack a BVM in a wilderness medical kit for extended duty in remote conditions, as traditional BVM’s would take up at least 4-6x the space of this device in its compact storage case. I carried this device in my pack for almost a year while working in West and East Africa, and had the unfortunate opportunity to use it on a number of occasions. If there is a chance that you will be using this device on infants or small pediatric patients, do not expect to achieve an effective seal by inversion of the mask to fit smaller faces. In my experience, it is simply not possible. Do yourself and your patients a favor, invest in a mask for infants and one for small children and ensure that they fit your BVM ahead of time – a number of pediatric masks in west African hospitals were incompatible with this BVM and couldn’t be attached. Note that in much of Africa, the concept of a one-time use BVM is completely ludicrous and I carried the same device for the entire trip. It was sterilized after each use just like everything else used there, and held up flawlessly under challenging conditions with no significant wear and tear evident. When used for appropriately sized patients, this device is truly a lifesaver and one I will not go without for remote medical assignments. I highly recommend it for such uses. Also, the anesthesiologist’s advice about the importance of adequate training and hands on experience for effective use of these devices is spot on. Do not mash the mask onto your patient’s face, lift the face into the mask, check your seal, and don’t forget to reassess. The air-filled cuff on traditional masks is replaced by a different design in this product to enable it to collapse and fit into such a small case; it is slightly more finicky to successfully seal than a standard air-cushioned mask so take the time to familiarize yourself with it before use and if you are resuscitating with a second rescuer special attention needs to be taken to ensure that this fact is not missed at the expense of the patient.
Jordan Benjamin Snakebite Medicine Specialist and Herpetology
When bag space is at a minimum, these BVMs do the trick. We have over 40 medical bags of various sizes and shapes, and having our BVMs in a hard case also protects from damage.
Jason Parrish Paramedic