First Aid Responder Level 3 (VTQ)

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Pocket Masks

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What I am going to do now is look at the pocket mask and how that is used in resuscitation. One of the fears of first aid is coming into contact with someone else's body fluids when you are doing the breaths for CPR. So the pocket mask is a very good way of stopping that. Now, slightly more bulky than other face masks but it is a lot, lot better. It comes in this plastic case and so you literally just open up the case and you can remove the pocket mask from the case and they are always squashed quite flat for storage. So all you need to do is just push it so it is then in this shape. What you have got in the pocket mask is a section at the top which is where the nose goes. And then the mouth goes on here. And then on this side you have got a one-way valve. Now, the advantage of this is your mouth is that much away from the patient's mouth. So if there were anybody fluids or vomit or anything like that, you are a long way away from them. And also there is filter paper in there to provide filtration between the breaths that are going in. So your breaths are going in but when they say exhale, exhaled air will come out around this bit here or any loose bit will come around here.

Also on the pocket mask is the strap and this strap is designed to go around the back of the head to hold it in place. And on the end here there is an oxygen feed. All you do with that is take the cap off you can put an oxygen feed if that is something you have available to you. Now, with the mask as well, you can usually pull these off and if you had a bag valve mask, you can put that straight on to here. So it just makes it a little bit more universal. If you want to you can put that straight back on again. So to apply the mask over someone, locate when the nose is. So it is going over the nose. So just over there. The elastic can just go round behind the head. You can pull it tight just by pulling these bits here. They are usually gripped in so that they stay in position without having to tie knots or anything like that. And then if you are doing rescue breaths, you can now open up the airway and you will do your breath straight in. Now, the advantage that way is you are opening up the airway and you are blowing into the mouth and the nose. So you do not need to squeeze the nose because you have got maximum attempt to get the air in there. So the pocket mask provides a good barrier against infection. It is a very efficient way of getting air into the body by just blowing it in the mouth and the nose. And chances of recovery are... It is as good as you can get within doing CPR breaths.

Now, the pocket mask is a single-use device. So they are not very expensive. They are only a few pounds. And you, literally, after you have used it just throw away and buy another one.