Having been a member of an international non-profit organization that travels and provides lifeguard training around the world, it is important that I carry the most efficient and effective medical/trauma products.Read MorePreviously, I only traveled with a pocket mask. Now, with the Micro BVM, I can provide a higher concentration of oxygen to patients than I could with a simple pocket mask. This is extremely important when treating a non-fatal drowning victim/patient.
Because my humanitarian missions consist of travelling, size is an important factor in the gear I bring. The Micro BVM not only has a smaller footprint than the typical BVM, but also has a sturdy case to protect it. This is important on the sand and in the airports where bags are not handled gently.
Another benefit of the Micro BVM is that it better withstands pressure changes associated with air travel than a CPR mask or standard BVM. CPR masks and standard BVMs have “balloon-type” mask seals that will expand/contract with changes in ambient pressure. This causes the material to stretch which thereby effects the seal on a patient’s face on ground level. The Micro BVM avoids this problem by not having an air-filled mask. As you can see, a standard BVM mask deflates over time, leading to a poorer facial seal.
As with all medical equipment, know how to use it! When someone is hypoxic, seconds matter and one must know how to open the Micro BVM fast.
In summary, I love the Micro BVM and recommend it to everyone in the first responder realm. Its higher price is worth it just in its size and durability. This should be required for all medical personnel who travel on aircraft with medical equipment or practice at high altitudes.
Thank you for making a great product,
A grateful customer
Thomas R International Lifeguard Training 4 December, 2019
My name is Cristian Román, I am a paramedic in the EMS of Toluca, State of México. On May 23, my partner and I went to the first call of day. The radio control only reported that there was a person unconscious.Read MoreUpon arriving at the shopping center, we found a male about 65 years old suffering from a cardiac arrest. We immediately started the chest compressions and it was then that I opened and used my Pocket BVM. I was very surprised by the ease of use of the device and how quickly it assembled. The Pocket BVM fits perfectly in any compartment of the trauma bag. To start CPR, we asked for help from an advanced unit that arrived with a physician and continued with the maneuvers. The patient recovered from the cardiac arrest but unfortunately later passed away.
Mi nombre es Cristian Román y soy paramedico en la subdirección de urgencias del Estado de México. El pasado 23 de mayo, mi compañero y yo salimos al primer llmado del turno, la central de radio solo sabia que habia una persona inconciente, al llegar al centro comercial nos encontramos con un hobre de unos 65 años que estab sufriendo un paro cardiorrespiratorio. De inmediato comenzamos las compresiones en el tórax y fue cuando abrí y use mi BVM, me sentí muy sorprendido con la facilidad y velocidad con la que el BVM se arma, por su tamaño tan compacto cabe perfectamente en cualquier bolsa de la mochila de trauma, despues de iniciar RCP. Pedimos ayuda de una unidad avnzada que llego con el médico de turno y seguimos con las maniobras, recuperamos del paro al paciente que desafortunadamente falleció más tarde.
Cristian Román Paramedic, Toluca, State of México 3 June, 2019
I am an instructor of recreational SCUBA and diving first aid in the United Kingdom. Having used the Pocket BVM and the Pocket BVM with 02 tubing for training in both the classroom and onsite, I am convinced that they have a place in diving resuscitation.Read MoreTraditional BVMs are not covered in our protocol as they are too bulky and too fragile to be available and functional when required in a UK diving emergency and therefore the Pocket BVM offers a superior alternative to a pocket mask for oxygen enriched rescue breaths. I recommend them to local sub-aqua clubs to be included in their oxygen first aid kit.
Robert Gormley SCUBA and diving first aid instructor 27 January, 2019
I have been a paramedic for over 15 years and I am deeply familiar with all of the emergency equipment on the market. Today I function as a stand by First Responder.
After trying out various BVMs, I adopted the Pocket BVM as my BVM of choice.Read MoreThe main advantage of the Pocket BVM is its size- it is about a quarter of the size of a standard BVM, and as such it easily fits into my emergency kit and into my vest pocket. On several occasions when there were multiple casualties, I threw a Pocket BVM to a fellow paramedic that need it. This can’t be done with any other BVM!
The Pocket BVM is a top-quality product that has never let me down. It is made from high grade silicone and is 100% dependable.
I carry my emergency kit with me at all times and it of course includes a Pocket BVM. Attached are pictures of a resuscitation I performed using the Pocket BVM. The system is quick and easy to set up, it has a textured surface that reduces hand fatigue, and overall has a very ergonomic design.
I highly recommend the Pocket BVM to any paramedic or doctor for whom space is a first priority.
E.V. Paramedic 6 January, 2019
Carried one with me throughout Afghanistan as an Army combat medic and when I unfortunately had to use it I was happy to have such a helluva product.
Stu Cookson 15 January, 2018
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 26 October, 2017
My stuff used to be over packed until I started using pocket BVMs
Doug Bledsoe 31 July, 2017
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 Community Paramedics 7 February, 2017
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 26 September, 2016
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 14 September, 2016