Resident dies on lunch hours after receiving his COVID vaccination

Resident dies on lunch hours after receiving his COVID vaccination

 

A Colchester Care Home resident died after choking on his lunch just a few hours after being given his first Covid-19 vaccination and beating the virus.

In a further tragic twist his wife had died in a car accident just a few days before after she was on her way home from her own vaccination. Neither of the two incidents are being linked to the vaccination.

An inquest has heard how Peter Smith, 82, who was a resident at an unnamed Colchester Care Home died after choking whilst eating.

Assistant Coroner Tina Harrington heard Mr Smith was eating his lunch around 1.25pm when the incident happened.

Carers delivered back blows before he went limp and was placed on the floor where CPR was given.

 

“Paramedics used forceps to take away the meals that was lodged in his throat, nevertheless, the gentleman, Mr Smith, sadly handed away. Police didn’t attend however stated there have been no suspicious circumstances.”

Assistant Coroner Tina Harrington:
“There was no mention of the vaccination being linked to the choking incident during the inquest”.

Tragically, just over a week before Mr Smith’s passing his wife died in a road traffic incident whilst herself returning from her own vaccination. Again the vaccination and the incident are not being linked.

 

Source: NewsChant

 

UK’s largest care home provider HC-One, saves first life following group roll out of LifeVac – the worlds leading/safest ACD

LifeVac saves first life within HC-One – The UK’s largest care home provider

We are very pleased to share amazing news that LifeVac has saved another persons life in a choking emergency, in the UK care sector.

 

Like hundreds of care providers across the UK, it wasn’t that long ago when HC-One decided to go the extra step in the the quality of care they provide by equipping LifeVac across their 329 care and nursing homes around the UK.


“Founded in 2011, our objective is to make a real difference to the lives of older men and women in communities throughout the UK. Now with over 300 care homes, we’re proud to provide positive, personalised care and support to more than twenty thousand Residents who live in our homes, encompassing memory care, nursing, residential and specialist care. At HC-One, we’re pleased to work with, train and develop more than twenty thousand caring Colleagues who deliver round-the-clock care and support.”


The decision to roll out LifeVac  across the UK’s largest care home provider, like so many others proved to be a great one when a LifeVac was deployed to save a life in a choking emergency.

A resident who resides in a HC-One care home in Scotland, began to choke during meal time on a piece of roasted cheese. The obstruction in the residents airway turned into a full airway obstruction within seconds. Staff acted quickly delivering BLS protocol which sadly could not dislodge the obstruction. A nursing assistant grabbed the LifeVac device out of it’s wall mounted case and applied the LifeVac device which dislodged the full airway obstruction on the first application saving the residents life in seconds.

The resident was given a medical examination following receiving BLS protocol and was given the “all clear”.

“Very good device, I’m a nursing assistant, so have dealt with choking incidences before. I have seen LifeVac being used before so I knew it was good.” 

“Really easy to use & effective”.

Lea from LifeVac Europe commented: “It’s amazing news to hear that LifeVac has been used again to save another life in a choking emergency. This time within the largest care home provider in the UK – HC-One. We have now worked with over 4600 care and nursing homes across the UK and proud of the reputation we have within the adult care sector.”

 

LifeVac Europe are very proud to continue to be the safest, most effective and the only non-invasive airway clearance device around. Proven by a recent independent peer reviewed publication carried out in the medical school at the University of Warwick, UK. This published randomised research study compared LifeVac to abdominal thrusts, LifeVac to Dechoker and Dechoker to abdominal on usability and effectiveness. LifeVac was found to be far superior and easier to use, dislodging the obstruction 99% of the time, with 82% being dislodged within under a minute. Dechoker dislodging the obstruction 74% of the time, with only 44% being dislodged in under an minute and the abdominal thrusts dislodging the obstruction 71% of the time and 66% being within under a minute.

To read the full peer reviewed publication click here.

 

National Care Group deploy LifeVac across all of their establishments!

National Care Group deploy LifeVac across all of their establishments!

 

Sadly, as we work with so many care providers across the UK and have so many care home suppliers who help us raise awareness and equip care homes all over the UK, we don’t always have time to promote everyone who we work with in the Adult Care Sector. There are so many out there that we only find out about them when they have saved a life within their group!

But today we are proud to share news that the National Care Group have delivered a group roll out of LifeVac across of their sites, raising the standards of care and demonstrating how serious they take health and safety.

“Our vision and mission are to be the best and most trusted care and support provider in the UK. By putting our values of passion, empowerment, respect and collaboration into practice every day, we help people maximise their potential in any way we can.

We are passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of the people we support, and work hard to empower them to exceed their potential. No matter what disability they have or the challenges they face, we ensure that they are always shown the respect they deserve, to help them live as independently as possible.

Everyone in the National Care Group team works tirelessly to ensure that there is a focus on unlocking the potential of the people we support and those working within our organisation. All of our teams work with passion, commitment and transparency and have many years’ experience of working in the care sector”.

The National Care Group provide support for  people with complex additional needs arising from their learning disability, mental health or an acquired brain injury.

 

Matthew Banagan from LifeVac Europe added: “We are very happy to help the National Care Group raise the standards of care that they provide to the amazing people that they support in a choking emergency. We have worked with and equipped over 4400 care and nursing homes across the UK from small independent care homes to the largest care provider HC-One. We don’t always have the opportunity to share everyone who we work with but it is very special when we do. We are proud to be the safest – effective and most of all trusted airway clearance device, leading the way.

LifeVac helps save another life within Dovehaven Care Homes

The team at LifeVac Europe have the pleasure of sharing more great news! LifeVac has helped save another life within Dovehaven Care Homes!

 

This is the 7th reported life saved this month, where LifeVac has helped save a precious life in a choking emergency.

 

Dovehaven Care Homes delivered a group roll out of our LifeVac wall mounted kits in August of last year. The wonderful teams within the high standard care homes shared a few pictures with us.

The decision to safeguard the people they care for with the safest most effective airway clearance device – LifeVac, proved to be a great one within only a few days of the group roll out when LifeVac was put to the test to save a persons life.

Today we are proud to share news that LifeVac has helped save a second life within Dovehaven Care Homes. This took place at their Church View care home in Liverpool.

 

A male resident was enjoying his evening meal when he had an epileptic seizure and began to choke on his food. Staff responded very quickly delivering BLS protocol. Sadly BLS could not dislodge the obstruction. The team quickly deployed LifeVac and dislodged the food saving the gentleman’s life who was sitting in a chair.

“Very easy to assemble in an emergency – worked effectively and outcome very positive”

 

“Was not expecting the device to work as well as it did – exceeded expectations”

 

Sam Jacob, Managing Director – Dovehaven Care Homes, commented:

“Purchasing the LifeVac system was a positive decision made to keep residents safe and give colleagues the confidence and support to deal with emergencies. Never did we think 2 lives would be saved in the space of 6 months. On both occasions feedback was extremely positive, with colleagues involved saying the LifeVac was easy to use and had an immediate result on choke prevention… we are very grateful that this piece of equipment is in all our dining areas giving us that added reassurance.”

 

Eric Banagan, Managing Director For LifeVac Europe commented: 

“It’s amazing to hear of all these lives being saved this month in such a short space of time. We work very closely with the care sector in the UK and the people we support. Working with Dovehaven Care Homes has been a pleasure. We are extremely grateful for the reputation we have built around the world and in the UK’s healthcare sector. We are proud to be there in a choking emergency for the people that Dovehaven care for on a daily basis. The steps Dovehaven have taken to deploy LifeVac throughout their group demonstrates the high standard of care they deliver.

 

LifeVac vs abdominal thrusts – LifeVac vs Dechoker and Dechoker vs abdominal thrusts – efficacy & usability peer reviewed publication

 

LifeVac saves first life within St Heliers Residential Hotel.

The team at LifeVac Europe are very please to announce, LifeVac has saved another life in the UK care sector!

“St Heliers Residential Hotel is an elegant residential caring environment, with the aspects of a hotel standard. Our beautiful Victorian building located close to the Leas overlooks the sea and the private communal garden. St Heliers offers large unique furnished or unfurnished ensuite rooms for long-term Retirement, Holiday and Respite Care.”


 

An elderly resident who suffers from a Neurological Disorder and is also a wheelchair user began to choke during meal time. Staff responded quickly delivering BLS protocol which unfortunately failed to dislodge the food stuck in his airway. The gentleman started to turn blue due to lack of oxygen. Staff quickly grabbed their LifeVac ACD from the wall mounted box which they had purchased a week prior. Within seconds LifeVac was used and dislodged the obstruction saving the gentleman’s life, making a full recovery. He was sent to hospital due to receiving BLS protocol and was given the all clear. 

“Very efficient, quick and easy to use”

Matthew Banagan from LifeVac Europe commented: “This is fantastic news to hear! Another person is alive today thanks to quick thinking staff and LifeVac. Choking is one of the leading causes of accidental death in adults over the age of 65, I’m very proud to know we are making such an impact to help reduce this sad statistic”.


 

Last week a research study was peer reviewed and published in Resuscitation Plus by Elsevier. This study was carried out in the medical school at Warwick University, UK. The randomised crossover trial compared LifeVac to the abdominal thrusts – LifeVac to Dechoker and Dechoker to abdominal thrusts. Testing efficacy (success rate and usability). LifeVac had a 99% success rate in removing the FBAO (Foreign Body Airway Obstruction), Dechoker had a 74% success rate in removing the FBAO and abdominal thrusts had a 71% success rate in removing the FBAO. Participants also found it easier to use LifeVac. You can read more about the peer reviewed publication here

Or simply read our previous blog by clicking the link below.

 

 

The efficacy and usability of suction-based airway clearance devices for foreign body airway obstruction: a manikin randomised crossover trial

LifeVac Vs Abdominal thrusts – LifeVac Vs Dechoker – Dechoker Vs Abdominal Thrusts

 

At LifeVac, we take unbiased scientific research very seriously, we are pleased to share an independent published research study carried out at Warick Medical School, University of Warick Coventry, UK. Published in an open access journal Resuscitation Plus.

This randomised crossover trial shows the efficacy and usability of suction-based airway clearance devices for foreign body airway obstruction: a manikin randomised crossover trial.

Conclusion

“In this manikin study, we found that, compared with abdominal thrusts, the success rate for foreign body airway obstruction removal was higher in the LifeVac group but not in the Dechoker group.


For the primary outcome, the FBAO was successfully removed in 99% cases with LifeVac, 74% cases with Dechoker, and 71% cases with abdominal thrusts (Table 2). The odds of successful removal was significantly higher in the LifeVac group than abdominal thrusts (odds ratio 47.32, 95% CI 5.75–389.40), but was not significantly higher in the Dechoker group compared with abdominal thrusts (odds ratio 1.22, 95% CI 0.60–2.47).

Removal in less than one-minute occurred in 82% cases using LifeVac, 44% cases using Dechoker and 67% using abdominal thrusts.

The LifeVac consistently outperformed the Dechoker device, whilst comparisons between the other two groups (LifeVac v Abdominal thrusts; Dechoker v Abdominal thrusts) were mixed. Reported confidence using techniques in real-life was highest in the abdominal thrust group, although between group comparisons showed abdominal thrusts were not superior to the LifeVac.

In this manikin study, we found evidence that individuals using the LifeVac were more successful in removing a simulated foreign body airway obstruction than individuals using abdominal thrusts. We did not find evidence of improved success by individuals using the Dechoker, compared with individuals using abdominal thrusts.”


 

Now with over a 100 lives saved in a choking emergency we are very proud to keep setting the standard for airway clearance device technology

 

Matthew Banagan from LifeVac Europe commented: “It’s great to see people undertaking research to show the efficacy of ACD’s (Anti Choking Devices, Airway Clearance Devices). As everyone knows our main goal is to get the use of hand held suction devices/ Non-invasive hand hand suction devices into BLS choking protocol, this will raise choking BLS protocols success rate to as close to 100% as possible. This will also give people such as wheelchair users an additional option when all else fails.

With 4 lives already saved this year, we look forward to another amazing year for LifeVac and ACD’s.

LifeVac saves another child’s life in a choking emergency!

LifeVac has received news of another child’s life saved. Here is the testimonial from the mother:

“I had first heard about the LifeVac months before I had actually bought one. In that time, we had a scary choking incident with one of our kids so we decided to buy one for peace of mind and that decision saved my 4 yr. old son’s life. Dinner started as any other day. We had Japanese takeout and my son was eating a piece of broccoli. It became lodged in his throat with a full obstruction. We tried Heimlich, back pats, finger sweeps, and NOTHING worked. I grabbed the LifeVac and used it on him and rolled him to his side and did a quick finger sweep and sat him up and he spat it out on the kitchen floor. My son later told me that when I used the LifeVac he felt it pull the broccoli out of his throat. I encourage everyone to buy a LifeVac. It’s something no one ever wants to have to use but are more than thankful they have one if they need it. LifeVac saved my son’s life and I am so beyond thankful to this amazing company and those who shared this amazing lifesaving product with me!”

LifeVac saves second life within Runwood Homes Senior Living.

We are very proud to share wonderful news that LifeVac has been used again to save a life in a choking emergency within the UK care sector

 

The amazing team at The Mill House nursing home had to put their LifeVac training into action this week when a resident began to choke during meal time.

 

The Mill House nursing home, operated by Runwood Homes Senior Living, is a 45 bedroom care and nursing home in Norwich. This spacious Norwich residential care home is a beautifully converted and extended manor house and provides expert residential care and residential dementia care for older people, including those in need of general nursing.

Runwood Homes delivered a group roll out of LifeVac and completed their face to face training  in July 2019 to safeguard the people they care for in a choking emergency.

This is the second life within their group that has been saved from choking to death when all else failed, thanks to quick thinking nurses and LifeVac.

An elderly female resident began to choke on food during meal time, the incident turned serious within seconds as the food turned into a full airway obstruction. The nurses acted within seconds delivering BLS to the resident who was in a wheelchair. Unfortunately BLS protocol failed to dislodge the obstruction and the resident started to turn red. The nurses grabbed their LifeVac wall mounted kit and deployed LifeVac in seconds which dislodged the full airway obstruction saving the residents life. The resident was examined by paramedics that were called due to incident and gave her the all clear.

 

Matthew Banagan from LifeVac Europe commented: “This is wonderful news to hear! This is LifeVac’s 3rd life saved this year and we are only two weeks into January! We are overjoyed that this is the second life saved in Runwood Homes since their group roll out of LifeVac. With the impact care and nursing homes have had with COVID, it is nice to know we can bring light to them in these hard times. We are proud to be the leaders in airway clearance device technology for the UK care sector, I cannot describe the feeling knowing so many care providers in the UK rely on LifeVac to safeguard the people they care for in a choking emergency. We are lucky to have built such a strong reputation within the healthcare sector.

 


 

2020 in review:

 

 

 

2020 brief review

The year 2020 has been an amazing year for lifeVac, LifeVac as a whole have achieved amazing things!


 

To begin with we are extremely proud to have saved over a 100 lives this year from choking to death when BLS has failed or couldn’t be performed! We hope in 2021 we can save 100’s of more lives when all else fails!

LifeVac saved lives in the USA, UK, Canada, Romania, Spain, Netherlands and Poland ranging from 8 month old children to adults in their 90’s.


 

LifeVac appeared on Fox and Friends


LifeVac received more peer reviewed independent medical publications

Click the images to be directed to the publications

At this moment in time another independent research study is underway in the UK by Dr Paula Coyle an ENT Surgeon from Great Ormond Street Hospital and Dr Sarah Bolton from CHEATA NHS who are researching all of the the usages of LifeVac for peer review and publication.

All of this will help our mission to change the guidance around choking and get non-invasive hand held suction devices included into BLS protocol. This will enable thousands of more lives to be saved every year when current methods fail and give people such as wheelchair users or people who are too frail to receive the abdominal thrusts an additional option when abdominal thrusts cannot be performed.


 

In the UK we formed new partnerships

 

This year we welcomed 100’s of more care and nursing home providers to the LifeVac family, including the largest care home provider in the UK HC-One

Over the years we have developed a leading reputation in the airway clearance device market that LifeVac created. We now work with over 4000 care and nursing homes across the UK and are extremely proud to be the number 1 trusted airway clearance device to be used in a choking emergency within the healthcare sector.

This has enabled LifeVac to save over 40 lives in the UK care sector this year within many care groups after their group roll outs of LifeVac, these include providers such as:

We have many more care/nursing providers rolling out LifeVac over the next few months and are looking forward to safeguarding the people they care for in a choking emergency.

We also made it easier for every end user to learn how to use LifeVac at any time before being needed in an emergency. Every LifeVac comes with a practice mask, but in addition to this every LifeVac kit comes with an easy to scan QR code on our standard kit and wall mounted kit that takes the end user straight to a training video that explains how and when to use their LifeVac device.


 

We also welcomed new distributors around the world in places such as the Netherlands, Dubai, Ireland, Japan and Taiwan


We will continue to achieve amazing things in 2021, keep pushing to save more lives from choking to death, raising awareness of choking risks, changing the guidance around choking and most of all continue to lead the way in airway clearance device technology. Being the only non-invasive airway clearance device and only airway clearance device with independent verifiable peer reviewed medical publications, independent testing and medical abstracts proving safety and effectiveness.

 

This is all possible thanks to YOU

 

 

LifeVac Saves Another Child In A Choking Emergency, In Poland!

It has been reported to LifeVac Europe that LifeVac has saved another child in a choking emergency, our second life saved in Poland!

 

Our distributor in Poland LifeVac Polska received fantastic news that a 10 year old boy was saved by his mother when he choked on a sweet.

The 10 year old boy Kamil, suffers from Bartter syndrome which affects his kidney function. He also suffers from esophageal stricture which is an abnormal tightening or narrowing of the esophagus.

Kamil snuck a sweet into his mouth while sitting in a chair when his mother wasn’t looking. Unfortunately the situation turned serious very quickly when Agnieszka realised something was wrong and her son could not breath as the sweet became a full airway obstruction.

His mother carried out standard BLS protocol (abdominal thrusts and back blows) which unfortunately failed to dislodge the sweet. She then used her LifeVac which dislodged the sweet in seconds saving her sons life.


 

Eric Banagan, LifeVac Europe’s MD commented: “This is wonderful news to hear! We are receiving news of lives being saved nearly every week now, this is our 4th child this month alone! We are very proud to be able to save peoples lives, especially coming up to Christmas when time for children is so magical”.

 

Read the latest news of a petition started by Craig Grant from Cititec for people to able to make a choice to save a loved ones life in a choking emergency in the UK.

 

LifeVac saves another life in a choking emergency within the UK care sector!

 

LifeVac Europe have been asked by the care provider not to name the care group while sharing this fantastic news, which we fully respect.

 

A Bournemouth based care home, had to put their LifeVac training into action last week when an elderly female resident began to choke on her food during meal time.

The food became a full airway obstruction, staff at the care home carried out standard BLS protocol which unfortunately failed to dislodge the foreign body airway obstruction (FBAO). After receiving the abdominal thrusts and back blows the resident became unconscious, staff swiftly grabbed LifeVac which is equipped throughout all of their care homes. LifeVac dislodged the food within seconds saving the residents life.

Due to receiving BLS protocol and becoming unconscious, the resident was examined by the local hospital where they were given the “all clear”.

 

Matthew Banagan from LifeVac Europe commented: “This is amazing news to hear! Again LifeVac has been used to save a life in a choking emergency when all else fails. All care home providers fully understand the importance of choking and how common this is within the care sector, we don’t need to pay for a study to be carried out to highlight how common this issue is, what the common foods are for choking within care/nursing homes and who are at high risk of choking. All of these issues are highlighted within residents care plans and food plans delivered by SALT. We are just glad to be able to help and save lives when limited options are available for people and all else fails.

 

LifeVac has now saved over a 100 lives from choking to death when BLS has failed or cannot be performed, our lives saved this year has grown tremendously within the care sector. Saving lives this year within Four Seasons Health Care, Hallmark Care Homes, Exemplar Healthcare, Dovehaven Care Homes, Roseberry Care, Akari Care, Sunrise Senior Living, TLC Care, Runwood Homes Senior Living, Caring Homes Group.

To read a recent article on choking in adults and what LifeVac are doing click the link below

 

 

LifeVac saves another child’s life in a choking emergency!

LifeVac rejoices as another CHILD has been saved. Here is the testimonial from the mother of the child:

“We purchased LifeVac a few months back when our twins started getting more mobile. I kicked around the idea of buying it for a while but with two babies getting into everything I knew I needed the added peace of mind. I never thought I would ever have to actually use it but unfortunately this last week we did.   My 9-month-old son had found a small piece of plastic my 10-year-old daughter had unknowingly dropped on the ground. I noticed my son was turning red and his eyes were watering. My husband grabbed him and tried to sweep out the blockage but had no luck.  He turned him over to do a few back blows but still couldn’t clear his airway.  I immediately went for our LifeVac which, (thank goodness) was just a few steps away in our kitchen cabinet.  On the first try, LifeVac dislodged the plastic. I was hesitant to purchase this product at first because I thought I might be wasting money on something I may never use, now I couldn’t be more grateful and highly recommend everyone have one in their home.  I now will be carrying one in my diaper bag and in both our vehicles!” 

 

Evidence based research – ICLOR/ERC 2020 guidelines – What LifeVac is doing

As many of our supporters and clients know, LifeVac’s main goal is to have non-invasive hand held suction devices included into BLS protocol to raise the current 70% effectiveness to as close to a 100% effective as possible.


 

At LifeVac we know data merely on lives saved isn’t sufficient to prove how effective or safe to use an Airway Clearance Device (ACD) is.

When we very first started with our concept, bodies such as the UKRC, ERC and ILCOR had not heard of ACD’s or “anti choking devices”.

We exhibited at the 2018 ERC congress in Bologna, where we were fortunate enough to demonstrate LifeVac to many members of different resuscitation councils who were very interest in this “new idea”.

In 2019 the ERC congress was held in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. Here the available evidence at that time for ACD’s was presented by Dr Jerry Nolan.

Even though two ACD’s (LifeVac and Dechoker ) had been on the market for 4 years, the only ACD with any scientific evidence to be presented was LifeVac.

See below pictures from Dr Jerry Nolans presentation on choking – FBAO.

 

Since 2019 LifeVac has saved over a 100 lives from choking to death and dozens of usages where LifeVac has played a crucial part in a choking emergency.

Since 2019 we also have 2 more unbiased, peer-reviewed, evidence based research and published papers on LifeVacs usages on children and effectiveness. Pediatrics & Therapeutics JournalResuscitation ERC Journal – Open access.

These articles are yet to be reviewed by ILCOR the committee who make the first aid guidelines. The latest and only statement for the use of airway clearance devices from ILCOR and the ERC are two articles where they only state the following guidance:

The link to the ERC draft guidelines where you can see the above is reachable by clicking here

The other article is from the AHA (American Heart Association) see below text picture:

The above text picture can be found by clicking here.

As you can see the use of blind finger sweeps (inserting something in the oral cavity blindly) is still not recommended due to complications such as pushing the obstruction further back.

In no way have any respectable body released such a statement that has been shown below:

The above seems to be a fabricated statement made to “promote” a possible first piece of evidence.

 

At LifeVac as a whole we welcome any new evidence supporting the use of any airway clearance device, as this supports the use of ACDs as a group, just like defibrillators (AED).

 

At this current moment in time there is another independent study underway being carried out by Dr Paula Coyle, an ENT Surgeon from GOSH and CHEATA – NHS who are researching 70+ of LifeVacs usages for peer review and publication. We cannot share when or what journal as we have little to no input, but we look forward to sharing this once it has been completed and published.

We continue to set the bar for airway clearance devices and lead the way in unbiased, peer-reviewed, evidence based research and published papers (scientific evidence) that do not only prove lives saved but the efficacy behind LifeVac.

 

 

A new measure in the fight against choking deaths with LifeVac

Have you ever said “It went down the wrong way” or “It went down the wrong hole” when eating or drinking? You would not be the only person to say this. In fact, hundreds of thousands of people choke to death every year when first aid Basic Life Support (BLS) fails or cannot be performed.

BLS choking protocol when performed correctly in a perfect situation is around 70% effective, with risks of internal bleeding, fractured ribs, and ruptured spleen. These risks are greatly outweighed by the potential loss of life from such a preventative cause of death. For people who rely on wheelchairs for everyday tasks this success rate drops from 70% to roughly 40% as they may not be able to receive the abdominal thrusts. This could be due to being in a high back wheelchair, frailty, or conditions such as Spina Bifida and Muscular Dystrophy.

BLS choking

A common myth or misconception with first aid and choking is that, when people are trained in how to deal with a choking emergency, they go away thinking it will always work and that is all that they will need. When having a first aid class delivered to you, trainers do not explain how effective choking BLS protocol actually is, which leads to people thinking it is 100% effective. However, this is sadly  not the case.

When choking deaths due to the failure of BLS are reported in the media, articles promote taking first aid courses which is a must, which does not address the issue of what people could do when BLS fails to dislodge a foreign body airway obstruction (FBAO), as the must have skills they are promoting have failed to work.

Choking remains one of the leading causes of accidental death in adults over the age of 65 and children under five. For children, hazardous choking items including certain foods and toys pose great danger.

  • According to the New York State: At least one child dies from choking on food every five days in the US, and more than 12,000 children are taken to a hospital emergency room each year for food-choking injuries.
  • The size of a young child’s trachea (windpipe) or breathing tube is approximately the size of a drinking straw in diameter. Imagine a piece of popcorn being lodged in this small area.

In the UK, correct choking statistics are very hard to find, with some even going as far as saying the true toll of choking deaths are being hidden from public view.

According to CE safety, recent Office for National Statistics (ONS) government statistics from the UK show that “351 people die on average every year as a result of choking and further analysis of reports published by coroners suggests the true toll is being hidden”.

This toll is extremely misreported, so, we at LifeVac Europe carried out a Freedom of Information (FOI) requests on all NHS ambulance trusts in the UK. Even though some Trusts said the information requested would take too long to gather, the ones that did report back suggest that choking related deaths are much higher than stated by the ONS, with just one report being used as an example from South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) in 2017. In this report, it showed that 154 people had died from choking upon their arrival. This is just from one NHS ambulance service out of 13 Ambulance services/trusts in the UK.

This figure demonstrates how wrong the ONS “statistics” truly are.

In other countries such as Spain, more than 2000 people die from choking to death every year, and it is estimated that more people die from choking than road traffic accidents according to the National Statistics Institute (INE), Spain.

Children choking

Foods that are classed as a choking risk are things such as grapes, marshmallows, hard boiled sweets, and chewy sweets, such as Haribo and hotdogs. It is always recommended to cut food up for children, for example, you would not give a whole grape to a child as these are a “perfect” size to block their airway. It is recommended to cut grapes in at least half. Infants, children, and young people with a neurodisability, and those born prematurely, are most likely to be at risk of dysphagia, but feeding difficulties also occur in typically developing children.

Toys

Small toys such as bouncy balls, pens caps, marbles, and toys that have small parts are best kept away from children as they learn texture and taste in their developing process by putting items in their mouth. Most toys come with an age recommendation on the outer packaging, this to prevent the risk of choking.

Choking in adults 65+

Choking in adults above the age of 65 is due to many reasons, and mainly occurs in healthcare settings such as care homes, respite centres, nursing homes, and domiciliary care.

Some of the main reasons include neurological disorders, frailty, and dysphagia. Neurological disorders are disorders that affect the brain as well as the nerves found throughout our body including the spinal cord.

Frailty is a major factor when assessing a choking situation. As we age, we lose bone mass and density, bones become brittle and may break more easily. Due to this, someone who is 65 and older may not be able to receive the abdominal thrusts due to serious risk of breaking bones from which they may not recover. This means they can only receive back blows in a choking emergency, drastically reducing the survival rate.

Dysphagia is the inability to swallow foods and liquids correctly or being unable to swallow at all, this affects 50 – 75% of nursing home patients. Dysphagia can develop for many reasons, the most known reason within the adult care sector is neurological disorders such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. There are over 600 neurological disorders that affect over 14.7 million people, equating to at least one in six people living with one or more neurological conditions.

What many people do not know is that dysphagia in adults can also occur as a result of any of the following medical problems: stroke, head injury, brain tumour, HIV, lung cancer, Lupus, and many more.

What is LifeVac and how does it work?

LifeVac was invented by Arthur Lih from Long Island New York after hearing about a mother and father devastated from losing their child who choked on a grape. Sadly, there was nothing the doctors could do to dislodge the grape. Arthur, a dedicated father, spent the next 18 months researching choking and developing LifeVac.

LifeVac is an innovative non-invasive airway clearance device that has been designed to enable suction used in ALS and ILS to the normal everyday person, to save lives in a choking emergency when choking BLS fails. The use of suction to help dislodge an FBAO has been around for many years in ALS and ILS protocol and used by paramedics around the world, so everyone already knows that suction works to help dislodge an FBAO.

However, these suction devices/machines have tubes which can become blocked rendering the equipment useless if only part of the obstruction has been removed. There is also a high risk of tubes pushing the tongue back in a panic situation or tearing of the lingual frenulum causing oral damage further complicating the already panicked situation.

With two sonic welded discs for interchangeable sized masks, one LifeVac device can be used for all age groups by simply changing out the mask. LifeVac has a patented one-way valve system which means that when applied, no air can be forced through the mask, only through the second vented disc. When pulled the valve closes which generates over 326 mm Hg of suction, safely and effectively dislodging the obstruction. LifeVac has translucent bellows which allow the rescuer to see if the obstruction has been removed and entered this area or the mask.

“In today’s day and age due to human rights and ethics, you cannot carry out clinical trials on humans with medical devices such as LifeVac” 

From the beginning, LifeVac set out to make sure that safety and compliance is the number one priority. LifeVac was first independently tested by Retliff to see how much inbound and outbound pressure was generated when applied to see how effective the one-way valve system truly was.

LifeVac then went through durability testing to see if it could still be used in extreme hot and cold temperatures. Following this, the true tests came where the device was independently studied on adult and adolescent simulation manikins and a cadaver to see how effective LifeVac could be in dislodging an obstruction of the airway. A total of 49 out of 50 times in the independent cadaver study showed that LifeVac dislodged the simulated food bolus on the first application, and on the 50th time the bolus was removed on the second application. These studies are available via The American Journal of Gastroenterology,  The American College of Emergency Physicians and The American Journal of Emergency Medicine.

A poster presentation was quickly carried out at The World College of Gastroenterology on the first two real lives saved in a choking emergency in Wales UK, which was chosen as the winning poster presentation.

Following this evidence of efficacy an independent publication was then published in the International Journal of Clinical Skills on 11 lives saved by LifeVac – ‘Successful Use of a Novel Device Called the LifeVac to Resuscitate Choking Victims World-wide Results’.

Recently two more pieces of evidence have surfaced

1) An independent study carried out with a LifeVac device and a Laerdal choking adolescent simulator system. The LifeVac device successfully removed the obstruction 496 times out of 500 attempts in one single attempt. In 498 out of 500 in two attempts, all 500 obstructions were removed with three attempts

2) An independent publication on 21 real-life lives saved of children

To date, LifeVac has now saved over 96 lives from choking to death when BLS has either failed or cannot be performed and zero unsuccessful reported usages. This does not mean LifeVac will always be a 100% successful when current BLS fails to work or cannot be performed, but it does show that LifeVac has the potential to make current BLS protocol more effective in treating a choking victim – raising the current 70% effectiveness of BLS choking protocol to as close to 100% effective, as well as giving people such as wheelchair users an additional option when faced with a choking emergency.

Real life applications

LifeVac has dislodged full and partial airway obstructions in real life choking emergencies that have included: meat, garlic cloves, sandwiches, hard boiled sweets/candy, hotdogs, grapes, pretzels, coins, porridge, yoghurt, hard plastic, Velcro, bread, phlegm, sputum, leaves, and much more.

LifeVac has been used on conscious and unconscious casualties who have been lying down, sitting, and standing. LifeVac has even been self-applied when someone began to choke when they were on their own.

This year the reported usages of LifeVac have tripled compared to previous years due to growing market coverage and becoming the leader in airway clearance device technology. It is the only non-invasive airway clearance device and the only airway clearance device with independent medical testing, peer-reviewed medical publications, and medical abstracts proving safety, effectiveness, and lives saved.

Our long-term goal is to get “non-invasive handheld airway clearance devices” into BLS choking protocol and taught through first aid. This will put an end to the hundreds of thousands of deaths that occur every year due to FBAO. We are working hard to achieve this and are gathering more and more data every month to support this goal.

LifeVac is equipped in schools, kindergartens, cinemas, restaurants, public areas such as shopping centres, food halls, care homes, nursing homes, respite centres, gyms, police departments, emergency services, fire departments, dentists, and people’s homes around the world. In the UK alone LifeVac has worked with and equipped over 3900 care and nursing homes, from small independent care homes to the largest care home provider in the UK, HC-One.

LifeVac is FDA registered, MHRA registered, CE accredited, and registered by all governing bodies in countries sold.

LifeVac saves another child’s life when faced with a choking emergency!

We are very happy to share brilliant news that LifeVac has been used again in a choking emergency.

Our partners LifeVac Spain, shared the wonderful news with us today after receiving LifeVac’s medical feedback form from the little girls mother.

4 year old Rocio from Brunete, Madrid (pictured above) just like most children, was eating dinner with her parents. This time, dinner took an unexpected turn when Rocio began to choke on her fish.

Rocio’s mother acted quickly delivering back blows which failed to removed the assumed partial obstruction. She then went and grabbed her LifeVac and applied it to Rocio who was now laying down on the floor. Having never had to use her LifeVac before, with one application the LifeVac dislodged the fish that was blocking Rocio’s airway.

 

Eric from LifeVac Europe commented: “This is such amazing news to hear, especially after reading such tragic recent news of little Sadie Salt who tragically lost her life choking on sausage while at nursery in Radlett, UK. These are the outcomes both tragic and fortunate that keep us fighting, pushing on to make LifeVac widely available to the general public in the UK. LifeVac has now saved over 98 lives from choking to death when BLS has failed, over 34 of these lives have been children from as young as 11 months old. With new devices available on the market with little to no medical testing showing efficacy it makes our journey harder, but we will keep pushing so that the UK will join every other country in the world where LifeVac is freely available so that no other child has to lose their life to choking and no other parent has to go through the pain of losing their child. One day we will reach our goal of getting non-invasive hand held suction devices into BLS protocol and raise the 70% effectiveness to as close to a 100% as possible.

 

 

LifeVac are proud to be the only airway clearance device with independent medical testing, peer reviewed medical publications, medical abstracts proving safety, effectiveness and lives saved.

 

LifeVac saves 1st life within the Caring Homes Group

The team at LifeVac Europe are very proud to share wonderful news of LifeVac saving another life in the adult care sector, thanks to quick thinking nurses.

 

 

LifeVac Europe were informed that we have saved our first life within the Caring Homes Group when an elderly resident began to choke.
The Caring Homes Group delivered a group roll out to provide extra an measure for the wonderful people they care for in a choking emergency in 2018.

A few weeks ago the training that was delivered to the Caring Homes Group in 2018 “kicked in” when an elderly resident with dementia started to choke during meal time, which became a full airway obstruction. Staff acted quickly delivering BLS protocol which unfortunately failed to dislodge the obstruction. They quickly used LifeVac and dislodged the food from the residents airway on the first application saving their life.

 

 

“We have had LifeVac’s in all of our Homes for a few years now and we have never had to use one until now. We also invested in ensuring staff are trained in its application. I did say when we first put them in place that if Lifevac helps to save one life, it would be investment well spent. After this incident I am even more convinced of that.”

– Frank Cummins, Care Services Director, Caring Homes Group.

 

Matthew Banagan from LifeVac Euope commented: “It’s great to share news of another life being saved, especially being the first time within Caring Homes Group. We are very proud to have partnered with them and were able to be there in time of need. We sent out a free replacement as per our standard procedure when a LifeVac is used.”

LifeVac - Time is of the essence

LifeVac used AGAIN in the UK Care Sector!

It seems we are sharing every week now that LifeVac is used to help dislodge an obstruction in a choking emergency whether that be a full or partial obstruction. Soft obstructions such as yogurt, porridge, coleslaw, phlegm to hard solid obstructions such as meat, hard boiled sweets, grapes and so much more!  When the casualty has been sitting, standing and laying down, all when BLS has failed or cannot be performed.

It has been reported to the team here at LifeVac Europe that LifeVac has been used for the first time within TLC Care in their Cambridge Manor Residential Nursing Dementia Care Home.

A resident was enjoying their dinner, but came into difficulties and began to choke which became a partial obstruction.

BLS was carried out by the quick thinking staff/nurses which unfortunately failed to dislodge any of the obstruction. Staff quickly used LifeVac to dislodge the food bolus.

TLC Care luxury homes offer personalised care, designed to provide each resident with the support they need to live a fulfilling and active life. TLC Care provide Residential, Nursing, Dementia and Respite care.

 

Matthew Banagan from LifeVac Europe commented: “This is great news to receive, as we have partners who help us safeguard vulnerable people in the UK care sector such as The Care ShopBeaucareHelp Save Lives and Wightman & Parrish there are many care groups and homes who have equipped LifeVac that we don’t know about which makes it even more of a surprise when it is reported to us that LifeVac has been used. Each time LifeVac is used successfully or unsuccessfully we send out a confidential feedback form for our clinical files. This helps us improve our services and also helps us keep track of when a LifeVac device is used. To date we have now saved over 86 lives from choking to death when BLS has failed or cannot be performed and there have been zero reported unsuccessful uses of LifeVac. This is something we are extremely proud of.”

 

LifeVac saves two lives in the care sector, this time in the Netherlands!

The team at LifeVac Europe are please to announce that LifeVac has saved two lives in the Netherlands from choking to death when BLS failed.

 

A 58 year old male resident with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), was sitting in his wheelchair whilst eating dinner when he began to choke on his meal. Staff acted quickly delivering BLS protocol when it was recognised he was in distress with a total airway obstruction. Being a wheelchair user it was difficult to perform and unfortunately failed to dislodged his airway obstruction.

Staff then quickly deployed LifeVac before the gentleman became unconscious which dislodged the obstruction in seconds saving his life.

 

 

On the second occasion an 84 year male with Dementia was eating breakfast when he came into difficulty and began to choke on his food. This time the food was a partial airway obstruction which developed into a full airway whilst receiving BLS protocol which was carried out by staff.

The gentleman became unconscious and was moved to the floor. The staff grabbed LifeVac which dislodged the airway obstruction saving the gentleman’s life. He regained consciousness and was given the “all clear”.

 

Lea from LifeVac Europe commented:

“We are saving lives all over the world! Receiving weekly news of LifeVac saving peoples lives is a wonderful feeling. Thanks to dedicated people and LifeVac we are able to save peoples lives in a choking emergency when all else fails.”

LifeVac saves first life within Dovehaven Care Home

It has been reported to us that LifeVac has been used again in the UK care sector, this time within Dovehaven Care Homes.

 

Just like LifeVac Europe being a family operated business,  Dovehaven are a family run care group providing quality residential and nursing care for the elderly. Dovehaven have been providing quality care for their residents for over 30 years and pride themselves on the happy, welcoming atmosphere in all of their homes. Dovehaven provide a full range of care for residential and nursing needs, for both long term and respite periods.

Sam Jacob – Managing Director, with her colleagues made the decision like many other care groups across the UK small and large to equip the safest and most proven/effective defense to safeguard the amazing people they care for in a choking emergency for their care group……LifeVac.

“It worked a treat, really good piece of kit!”

“We had to use it today! We did the training and video’s early this week and I have to say it is really easy to use.”

This decision to go the extra step for the people they care for, proved to be a a great one, when a male wheelchair user began to choke in Dovehaven’s Brunswick Care Home in Southport.

Staff acted swiftly delivering BLS protocol which unfortunately failed to clear the gentleman’s airway obstruction. LifeVac was used to clear the obstruction and saved the gentleman’s life within seconds.

Matthew Banagan from LifeVac Europe commented:

“This is great news to receive! We are extremely proud to have partnered with Dovehaven Care Homes and are extremely happy that equipping LifeVac throughout their group has already proven to be a great decision for them. As per our standard procedure we sent out a free replacement airway clearance device. LifeVac has saved lives this year in Four Seasons Health Care, Exemplar Healthcare, Hallmark Care Homes, Roseberry Care, Sunrise Senior Living, Runwood Homes Senior Living, Akari Care and now we are extremely honoured to add Dovehaven Care Homes to this amazing list. I’m very proud LifeVac are making such an impact in the care sector, reducing one of the leading causes of accidental death in adults over the age of 65.”

 

Saving lives in the care sector around the world!

Being LifeVac Europe means we proudly have partners around Europe, Middle East and Africa who help us save lives.

One of or partners being LifeVac Spain who reported to us that LifeVac was used once again in a choking emergency within the care sector.

A female resident of a care home in Almeria, Spain became unconscious when she began choking on her meal of rice and vegetables. The resident was laying on the floor following dedicated staff carrying out BLS protocol which unfortunately failed to dislodge the obstruction. Staff quickly utilized LifeVac which dislodged the bolus of chewed up rice and vegetables saving her life.

Due to receiving BLS protocol the resident was given an x-ray as a precaution and given the “all clear”.

 

Eric LifeVac Europe’s Managing Director, commented:

“It’s great to hear all of these recent lives being saved by LifeVac when all else fails. LifeVac is equipped in care homes around the world thank you to our dedicated distributors who are just as passionate about saving lives as we are. LifeVac set the bar for airway clearance devices around the world being the first airway clearance device solely used for choking.  Still being the only airway clearance device proven to be safe and effective to use with independent medical testing, peer reviewed medical publications and medical abstracts.

LifeVac is now equipped in Schools, Care Homes, EMS, Retail Stores, Dentists, Sport Centre’s, Fuel Stations, Cinemas, Fire Departments, Restaurants, Nursing Homes, Hospitals and many many more places around the world thanks to the dedicated LifeVac World Team. Making a difference one life at a time.”

“A perfect world to us is a world without choking deaths”

 

LifeVac used for the first time within Runwood Homes Senior Living

It has been reported to LifeVac Europe that LifeVac was put to the test once again within the care sector when a resident began to choke.

A resident began to choke during meal time within Runwood Homes Senior Living, staff carried out BLS protocol but as this incident was a partial obstruction BLS was ineffective. Staff acted quickly and used LifeVac which dislodged the obstruction in seconds.

Runwood Homes Senior Living completed their face to face training on LifeVac for their group roll out in July 2019 to safeguard the people they care for in a choking emergency.

Gavin O’Hare-Connolly, Chief Operating Officer of Runwood Homes Senior Living commented:

“The team at LifeVac presented their thorough knowledge regarding choking risks within the residential care sector and professionally demonstrated the capability and benefits of their invention to deal with such risks. In doing so, they instilled confidence within our leadership team and it was an easy decision to become a partner. LifeVac is invaluable, lifesaving technology and we feel that it is essential to support our staff at Runwood Homes with such crucial lifesaving equipment. LifeVac will protect all of our residents, especially those who are living with a neurological condition, such as dementia or Alzheimer’s, and with an increased choking risk.”

 

Matthew Banagan from LifeVac Europe commented: “This is fantastic news, the LifeVac Europe Team are very proud of the impact we are making in the care sector here in the UK. Having now worked with and equipped over 3750 care and nursing homes across the UK from small independent care homes to the largest care home provider HC-One we are proud to be leading the way in the fight against choking deaths in the UK care sector. LifeVac has dislodged full and partial obstructions in care settings from coleslaw and sputum to hard boiled sweets and meat. Not only are LifeVac leading the way but we remain the safest, most effective airway clearance device in the world. Being the only airway clearance device with peer reviewed medical publications, independent testing and medical abstracts proving safety and effectiveness. In simple terms the only airway clearance device with any testing to show how effective and safe it really is.”

 

LifeVac is so simple to use with detailed user instructions no training is required, but we do offer all types of training if needed as we are here to help meet everyone’s needs.

 

Four more lives saved!

We have been informed LifeVac has been used in different parts of the world again to save more lives from choking to death when BLS has failed.

 

2 year old Eva was saved from choking to death on hard candy thank’s to her quick thinking mum and LifeVac.

A statement from Eva’s mother:

“First let me start by saying that my beautiful, smart, and full of life 2 year old daughter would not be with me today without LifeVac.
Eva was sitting next to me, eating a piece of candy in our living room when I watched her suck in and start choking. Immediately I knew her airway was completely blocked and I started administering back blows. There was no coughing, no gasping, no crying screams – the complete lack of breath sounds was terrifying. Eva was desperately trying to reach down her throat with her hands and she was turning red to blue quickly. I administered back blows for 30 seconds or more, flipping her back and forth to try and help dislodge the candy, to no avail. I remembered the LifeVac I had purchased more than a year ago (when she first started eating solid foods) stashed under my kitchen sink. I prayed in my head that the device would work because I feared if I had to call 911 first responders would arrive too late. I only had to use the device once (place, plunge, pull) and the candy popped out right into the mask! After a good bit of consoling, Eva was completely fine.

I do want to point out that the device is so easy to use, even in times of panic. I had read the directions and assembled the device one time prior to it’s use over a year ago! I didn’t have time to look at them again before I used it on my daughter.

Thank you again for making such a wonderful device – and ultimately saving my daughters life ❤️.”


LifeVac’s first two lives saved in the Netherlands

Amsterdam sunset city skyline at canal waterfront, Amsterdam, Netherlands

LifeVac Europe took on LifeVac Benelux as a distributor following the 2019 ERC Congress held in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. A very good decision that became quickly apparent due to their shared passion in saving lives.

LifeVac was used in an elder care facility in the Netherlands to save two separate people from choking to death when BLS had failed. We look forward to sharing more information on this when it is shared with us.


 

LifeVac was used for the first time within Akari Care in the UK.

 

It was reported to us that LifeVac was used successfully to clear an obstruction of the airway within Akari Care when one of the wonderful people that they care for began to choke during meal time. When a resident began to choke staff acted quickly delivering BLS protocol which failed to dislodge the obstruction. LifeVac was deployed within seconds clearing the residents airway.

Akari Care completed their group roll out of LifeVac in December of 2019, which like many other care groups has proven to be a great success in the time of need in a choking emergency.


 

Matthew Banagan, one of the Directors from LifeVac Europe commented:

“This is absolutely brilliant news! I feel it is becoming a weekly occurrence we are receiving reports LifeVac is saving lives when all else fails. Our lives saved so far this year have doubled if not tripled than previous years which shows the real need for LifeVac and hand held suction devices to be implemented into BLS protocol. BLS protocol is ONLY 70% effective when performed correctly in a perfect situation, for people who are wheelchair users this percentage drops drastically as they may not be able to receive the abdominal thrusts and/or back blows.

I have just completed training for Care UK which was held at Lennox House Care Home in Islington, London. It was great speaking with Joe Nichols the care home manager who informed me that he has personally used LifeVac within the previous care company he worked for to save a residents life who choked on chicken.

 

We have some very exciting things lined up this year from entering the market in Dubai by taking on a new distributor, working with an ENT surgeon from GOSH in London to welcoming even more care providers to the LifeVac family in the UK.

LifeVac will continue being the leader in airway clearance device technology, being the original, only non-invasive airway clearance device and only airway clearance device with independent medical testing, peer reviewed medical publications and medical abstracts proving safety and effectiveness”.

LifeVac saves another life within Hallmark Care Homes and in the Spanish care sector!

It seems we are sharing news nearly every other week or month that LifeVac has saved another life as we continue to grow and lead the way in choking prevention.

Once again we have been informed LifeVac has saved two more lives, this time in two different countries hundreds of miles apart thanks to quick thinking carers and proactive care groups who go the extra step to safeguard the people they care for on a daily basis.

 

LifeVac Europe were informed one of our devices was used within Hallmark care homes during meal time.

A resident began to choke during during meal time while sitting in her chair and could not breath. Staff acted very quickly to the situation delivering BLS protocol which unfortunately failed to clear the residents airway. LifeVac was then deployed within seconds clearing dislodging the airway obstruction saving the residents life.

Hallmark Care Homes followed their company vision  “To be recognised as the leading provider of high quality, relationship-centred care for all residents.” last September when they rolled out LifeVac across their group having selected face to face training with our team.

This decision has proven to be very proactive as this is now the 3rd life saved by quick thinking carers and LifeVac within Hallmark Care Homes since their group roll out.

A free replacement LifeVac was sent out the same day as per our standard procedure.

 

 

LifeVac Europe was also informed of saving another life within the Spanish care sector when a 44 year old female resident began to choke in a Daycare home in Valencia, Spain.

The female resident started choking on her turkey sandwich, which became a full airway obstruction. Staff again acted very quickly delivering BLS protocol which failed to dislodge the large food bolus. LifeVac was then deployed and dislodged the ball of bread and meat in her airway. The resident began to breath again making a full recovery.

 

 

Matthew Banagan from LifeVac Europe commented: “This is amazing news as always! When we very first started we only heard of LifeVac being used every 2-3 months, but now it is being reported to us by the end user nearly every other week of LifeVac being used to save a life. Hallmark Care Homes completed regional training for their group roll out in September 2019 and since then we are very proud to have saved 3 lives within their group in a choking emergency.

We have helped hundreds of care homes/groups reach Outstanding across the board and are extremely privileged to have partnered with small independent care homes to the largest care provider in the UK HC-One who rolled out LifeVac across their group in January.

We just completed training for Community Integrated Care a few weeks ago and we are also looking forward to welcoming another one of the largest care groups in the UK to the LifeVac family very soon. LifeVac have some very exciting things lined up this year to enable us to venture into new markets and also more countries, which we look forward to sharing with everyone very soon.”

 

 

LifeVac continues to be to only non-invasive airway clearance device, meaning there are non tubes that can become blocked rendering the device useless if only part of the obstruction has been removed and there is no risk of pushing the tongue or obstruction back in a panic situation. LifeVac is also very proud to be the only airway clearance device with any medical testing proving safety and effectiveness. LifeVac has peer reviewed medical publications, medical abstracts and independent medical testing which is why we lead the way in airway clearance device technology.

 

2 more lives saved by LifeVac in a choking emergency

LifeVac Europe are proud to announce we have been informed of two more lives saved when BLS has failed to dislodge an obstruction of the upper airway.

A Care Home “San Juan de Dios” in Pego, Alicante (SPAIN) is where a 70 year old male resides who started to choke during meal time. Carers carried out BLS protocol which unfortunately failed to dislodge the whole mushroom in the gentleman’s airway and he became unconscious.

The staff quickly called the Spanish EMS who have LifeVac equipped within their response vehicles, LifeVac was applied to the unconscious gentleman and dislodged the whole mushroom. The gentleman was then taken to hospital for examination where he was given the “all clear”.

 

LifeVac was then used again on the other side of the world saving a 4 and a half year old girl from choking to death on a grape in the United States of America.

A testimonial from the little girls mother: “I am the mother of a 4.5 year old little girl. Thanks to LifeVac she is still with us today after choking on a grape from her salad. We were given the LifeVac from her grandparents and never in a million years did we expect to need it. My husband tried performing back blows and finger sweeps to remove the grape and when it failed we reached for the LifeVac. After using the device twice the grape was dislodged and she began breathing. We are so thankful that we had LifeVac on hand.”

We hope to receive a picture of the incredibly brave family soon.

 

Eric Banagan Managing Director for LifeVac Europe commented: “This is amazing news to hear! Saving two lives thousands of miles apart and also with a 65 year age difference is brilliant! LifeVac has saved over 21 lives since January of this year, with such sad challenging times at the moment affecting the whole world, it’s great hearing positive news and lives being saved when all else fails.

We have some exciting things in the pipeline this year such as continuing to work with the NHS, being informed of more peer reviewed medical publications on LifeVac and entering new markets. We are very proud of our team and our distributors around the world. Leading the way in airway clearance device technology and still being the only airway clearance device with independent medical testing, verifiable peer reviewed medical publications and medical abstracts proving safety and effectiveness.”

LifeVac Europe begin delivering training to care groups in the UK again this month with Community Integrated Care being the first to receive training on LifeVac for the people they care for on a daily basis.

 

We also look forward to welcoming more care groups to the LifeVac family within the next couple of months.

 

 

 

Not for use on children in the UK and Ireland until further notice. We hope we can save more children in the UK very soon.

LifeVac used again in the care sector to dislodge an obstruction in a choking emergency.

We are very happy to announce that LifeVac has been used again in the care sector a year apart.

We have been informed LifeVac was used on two separate occasions at Little Oyster Residential Home in Kent to dislodge an obstruction when residents began to choke during meal time.

 

Little Oyster turned to LifeVac when unfortunately they lost someone they cared for to choking in 2018 and BLS was performed but unfortunately failed to work.

We are very happy that when BLS failed again last year and again in January of this year, LifeVac was used as intended “when BLS has failed” to dislodge the obstruction, clearing the airway.

“The Ambulance crew present was very impressed by the
device and commented they think they should have these”.

When someone is choking with a completely blocked airway, no oxygen can enter the lungs. The brain is extremely sensitive to this lack of oxygen and begins to die within four to six minutes. It is during this time that first aid must take place. Irreversible brain death occurs in as little as 10 minutes.

Due to the nature of care/nursing homes and the wonderful people they care for, unfortunately it isn’t a case of if someone chokes, but when they choke and BLS fails. A common misconception within the care sector is that SALT care/ diet plans will stop someone you are caring for from choking altogether. This isn’t the case, as many care/nursing homes have experienced. Care/diet plans put in place by SALT are a must, but they are to reduce the risk of someone choking and so that the person can enjoy the amazing food made by your chefs to the best of their abilities.

 

Matthew Banagan from LifeVac Europe commented: “This is great news! We try to encourage care providers to let us know when they have used a LifeVac so we can replace our used devices free of charge and it was just by chance we were informed of Little Oyster who we then made contact with. This is our 16th life saved since January of this year! We couldn’t be more thankful to Little Oyster for putting their faith in LifeVac like thousands of other care and nursing homes across the UK have”.