LifeVac saves another residents life in a choking emergency!

LifeVac has been used to save a resident of an Ontario based Long Term Care Facility!

 

We are delighted to have received word that LifeVac was used on April 28th to assist a 76 year old male resident during a full airway obstructed choking emergency. Standard choking protocols were first administered but unfortunately failed to dislodge the obstruction. Thankfully the amazing staff were fully prepared with LifeVac at their disposal, and quickly utilized it to clear the gentleman’s airway.

LifeVac saves another life in a choking emergency

LifeVac saves another child!

 

 

We are delighted to announce that LifeVac has helped save the life of a 16-month-old little girl when she began choking on a Gerber puffed chip. The child’s mother performed back blows for approximately a minute but was unsuccessful in dislodging the snack. Upon utilizing the LifeVac three times the obstruction was dislodged saving her daughter’s life.

 

“Her airway was cleared and definitely saved her life. I am SO grateful to have had it and thankful to my friend who put me on to LifeVac. I was so stressed nothing could get it out and she has tears pouring down her face from lack of air. I’m SO thankful to have had this device on hand. Thank you for what you do with this product and mission”

LifeVac registers another life saved!

We are delighted to share the news that LifeVac has saved another child! A 3-year-old boy with special needs began choking on a piece of chicken causing a full airway blockage. The child was not able to make a sound. His mother immediately performed back blows several times but the obstruction could not be cleared. She laid her son down and utilizing the LifeVac to successfully dislodged the chicken.

“It took 3 full plunges, but the chicken came out and he was able to breathe again! He is alive and well. 100% successful. LifeVac without a doubt saved his life. Thank you!”

 

LifeVac wall mounted kit

 

LifeVac saves another life in the UK Adult Care Sector

It’s with great pleasure the team at LifeVac Europe share more amazing news, LifeVac has helped save another life within Sunrise Senior Living

 

Sunrise Senior Living deployed LifeVac across all of their care homes in late 2019, like hundreds of care providers large and small across the UK this proved to be a great decision.

LifeVac began working with Sunrise Senior Living and Gracewell Healthcare in 2019

 

An elderly service user was eating her dinner when she began to choke on a piece of meat. Nurses acted very quickly delivering BLS choking protocol, 11 back blows and 3 abdominal thrusts which sadly did not dislodge the obstruction. The service user became unconscious and her lips had turned blue, staff quickly grabbed the LifeVac from their wall mounted kit and within seconds LifeVac dislodged a large piece of meat, she then started to breath and regained consciousness

Paramedics arrived on scene and checked over the service user, she was then given the “all clear”. When they saw the large chunk of meat they asked what had managed dislodged something that large. The staff at Sunrise Sunrise Senior Living explained about LifeVac and how easy it was to use to dislodge the large obstruction. The paramedics were amazed as they had heard of LifeVac, but not seen one in person. They then asked if they could take a picture of their LifeVac device so they could show their team back at the station.

“I can honestly say without doubt that without the device the
outcome would have very different. Paramedics were also
impressed not only by the device but by the size of the
blockage that the Lifevac removed.”

“The resident would have passed away had the device not been
used.”

 

Lea from LifeVac Europe commented:It’s brilliant to hear that LifeVac again has been used to help save another life! This is LifeVac’s 9th life saved this month!! Myself and the experts/team at LifeVac are extremely proud of the impact we are making around the world, the dream of eradicating choking deaths may truly come possible.” 

 

 

What is LifeVac and how we set the worldwide standard

 

LifeVac helps save another life – Prairie Du Chien Police Department

LifeVac Europe is overjoyed to announce news of another life saved.  A few weeks ago, LifeVac was utilized by the Prairie Du Chien Police Department in Wisconsin when law enforcement officers responded to a choking-related emergency. When arriving on the scene the elderly gentleman was immediately attended to using the Heimlich maneuver.  When choking rescue procedures were unable to dislodge the hamburger that caused a total blockage LifeVac was utilized and cleared the victim’s airway.

 

Chief of Police, Prairie Du Chien Police Department 

 “Thank you to LifeVac for helping us better serve our community.  We police a rural area of Wisconsin that requires us to be first responders to most medical calls.  On March 20, 2021, our Officers responded to an adult male who had a fully obstructed airway.  Officers arrived on the scene prior to our full-time EMS service, and they were able to successfully use the LifeVac to break up and dislodge the obstruction.  Proper training and equipment make all the difference between being able to save lives and feeling helpless or hopeless in our efforts.  Our entire patrol fleet was equipped with LifeVac devices in 2019 and two years later have proven themselves to be an essential, lifesaving, tool for our department.  Thank you again!”

 

May 2019   Our agency was thrilled yesterday to get LifeVac’s donated to equip our squad cars with life-saving devices in the case of an obstructed airway.    Members of our staff utilize these in their own homes as a safety measure to help in a choking incident.

LifeVac saves another life and welcomes a new care provider to the LifeVac family.

It’s with great pleasure the team at LifeVac Europe share news that LifeVac has again helped save another life in the Adult Care Sector.

LifeVac was used again to help save a life in a choking emergency, this time in Ireland. We have been asked not to name the care provider this time as not to attract any media/unwanted attention, which we fully respect.

Choking is one of the leading causes of accidental death in adults over the age of 65.

 

A 74 year old male resident was eating his dinner when food became lodged in his airway, staff acted quickly delivering BLS choking protocol which could not dislodge the partial airway obstruction. The carers then deployed LifeVac which they had only purchased the same week. With one application LifeVac removed the FBAO (Foreign Body Airway Obstruction). The male resident was given an examination due to receiving BLS choking protocol by their local GP and was given the “all clear”.

 

Matthew Banagan from LifeVac Europe commented: ” We are very pleased to be informed LifeVac has been used again to help save a life when all else failed. It has been said before, but we are receiving weekly/daily news now that LifeVac has been used in a choking emergency. This isn’t surprising given that their are now thousands of LifeVac devices deployed across the UK care sector from small independent care homes to the largest leading care providers in the UK such as  HC-One, Priory Group, FSHC, Barchester Healthcare, Runwood Homes, Leonard Cheshire Disability and many many more. We are proud of the reputation we have obtained within the healthcare sector and the impact we are making on peoples lives”.


 

We are proud to welcome Independence Matters to the LifeVac family

 

We welcome Independence Matters to the LifeVac family who join over 4700 other care/nursing homes and providers across the UK, who have deployed LifeVac across all of their establishments. Independence Matters have deployed LifeVac across all of their sites to help support the people they care for in a choking emergency.

Independence Matters vision is to be the social care provider of choice and their mission is to empower individuals, their families and carers, to live the lives they choose and remain independent.

 

 

 

 

LifeVac is scientifically proven to be the safest, most effective/superior and easiest ACD in the world – published research study carried out in the medical school at the University of Warwick, UK. Peer reviewed and published in Resuscitation Plus by Elsevier. LifeVac VS Abdominal Thrusts, LifeVac VS Dechoker and Dechoker VS Abdominal Thrusts.

LifeVac saves another life in the UK Adult Care Sector

LifeVac helps save a life within Hallmark Care Homes

 

The team at LifeVac Europe are very pleased to share more amazing news that LifeVac has helped save yet another life in the UK Adult Care Sector. This time within Hallmark Care Homes following their group roll out.

 

Another life saved

 

An elderly resident was eating his dinner when he came into difficulty, a piece of chicken became lodged in his airway and he began to choke. Staff acted quickly delivering BLS choking protocol (back blows and abdominal thrusts) which unfortunately failed to dislodge the obstruction. The gentleman became unconscious, nurses grabbed their LifeVac wall mounted kit and deployed LifeVac. Within seconds LifeVac dislodged the chicken and the gentleman started to breath and regained consciousness.

 

 

 

Lea

Lea from LifeVac Europe commented: “This is brilliant news! We are so proud to have partnered with Hallmark Care Homes. Like many other care providers across the UK have discovered this was one of the best decisions around safeguarding the people they care for in a choking emergency when all else fails. Having now worked with over 4600 care and nursing homes across the UK we are proud of the impact we are making on families lives”.

 

 

 

 

LifeVac saves second life within Priory Group

LifeVac saves another child in a choking emergency.

7 year old Mickey

LifeVac saves another child!  We are overjoyed to announce that LifeVac has helped save the life of this precious 7-year-old little girl.  The obstruction in the child’s airway caused a total blockage and her lips were turning blue. Her mother saved her life using a LIfeVac device after the BLS choking protocol was unsuccessful.  

 Here is her mother’s testimonial:

“Mickey had a choking episode yesterday and back blows and the abdominal thrusts couldn’t dislodge the object. I’m super thankful that we had one of these on hand. If you live with anyone who’s a choking risk (or even if you don’t) it’s worth the money to have one of these on hand! Mickey is fine now but that could have ended very differently.”

 

LifeVac helps save 2nd life within Priory Group in a choking emergency!

It’s with great pleasure, we are able to share wonderful news that LifeVac has been used again within the Adult Care Sector in the UK.

In 2020 Priory Group undertook a group roll out of LifeVac, as part of an improvement plan in how they manage choking emergencies.

A resident began to choke during meal time, which became a full airway obstruction. Staff acted very quickly delivering BLS Choking protocol which failed to dislodge the obstruction. Staff then grabbed their LifeVac wall mounted kit and deployed LifeVac within seconds. LifeVac dislodged the full airway obstruction saving the residents life.


 

 

 

Eric Banagan, LifeVac Europe’s MD commented: “We are thrilled to be informed LifeVac has been used once again within Priory Group. We want to thank the amazing staff and all the hard work that they do every day. We were informed of 3 more lives being saved last week within the adult care sector in the UK and look forward to sharing news of those in due course”. 

 

LifeVac helps save another life in Spain!

LifeVac helps save another life in a choking emergency

 

The team at LifeVac Europe are very please to share that LifeVac has been used again to help save another life in a choking emergency. This time in Catalunya, Spain.

Catalunya, Spain

 

An 81 year old female, was eating her desert in an elderly care facility, Catalunya, Spain. She came into difficulty and started to choke on her profiterole, which quickly turned into a full airway obstruction.

profiteroles

 

Staff acted quickly delivering BLS choking protocol (back blows and abdominal thrusts) which failed to dislodge the obstruction. LifeVac was then put into action by carers which quickly dislodged the food stuck in her airway. The female started to breath and regained consciousness.

Thanks to quick thinking actions from the carers and LifeVac, another life is here today.

 

Matthew Banagan from LifeVac Europe commented: “This is amazing news to share, it is becoming a weekly occurrence that we are being informed of LifeVac being put to the test when all else fails. We are very proud of our distributors LifeVac Spain who share the same passion of eradicating choking deaths, which enables us to save more and more lives”.

57 year old man from Barnsley choked to death – ‘unlawfully killed’

‘Loving and happy’ Barnsley man, 57, who choked to death on a burger was ‘unlawfully killed’, jury rules

 

57 year old, Tony Wilkinson, who lived in shared accommodation in Barnsley, had a genetic disorder known as Fragile X syndrome, causing intellectual disability and behavioural and learning challenges.

Mr Wilkinson

“A speech and language therapy assessment established Mr Wilkinson was unable to manage his own eating, drinking and swallowing needs, and warned he faced the very real risk of choking, and death, should he not be provided with mashable food and thickened drinks.”

Since 2014 Mr Wilkinson had been provided with care by private company, Stars Social Support Limited, which was commissioned by Barnsley Council. Initially he went to a day centre and staff visited him at his home.

On April 5 2018, he was taken for a meal to a pub at Manchester Airport by a non-regular support worker. Mr Wilkinson began choking and collapsed inside the pub toilets.

Paramedics took Mr Wilkinson to Wythenshaw Hospital A&E where he was taken to theatre to have pieces of burger removed from his lung. He died as a result of a foreign body airway obstruction, having suffered a cardiac arrest.

Coroner Abigail Combes had advised them they could conclude “unlawful killing” if they considered the case to meet the test for either corporate manslaughter or gross negligence manslaughter.

Stars was rated as “inadequate” following a Care Quality Commission inspection last August.

 

Souce: Yorkshire Post

 

LifeVac Supports National Choking Awareness Day March 28th 2021

LifeVac Supports National Choking Awareness Day March 28th 2021

Hall of lives saved

Arthur Lih, Founder and CEO of LifeVac, the revolutionary airway clearance device (ACD), will be appearing in multiple media outlets to support National Choking Awareness Day, which is March 28th, 2021. “Choking is the number four cause of accidental death in the United States, one child dies every five days, with almost 5,000 people choking to death every year,” said Mr. Lih. “Awareness of the behaviors and conditions that increase the risk of choking is critical in preventing it from occurring,” Lih continued.”

Over 120 lives now saved by LifeVac and quick thinking rescuers.

“We continue to demonstrate that choking deaths can be eradicated with prevention, awareness and proper rescue guidelines, including the use of a LifeVac,” Mr. Lih said. “We continue our mission and are humbled to take the National Choking Awareness Day message to our network of supporters.”

LifeVac has been featured on Fox and Friends, WABC7, The Doctors, WPIX, Doctor Radio, in Forbes Magazine among others. LifeVac has registered 120+ lives saved to date including 49 children all over the world.


Having saved lives when people have been sitting (wheelchair users) standing and laying down, ranging in ages from 3 months old all the way to 97 years of age, the whole team at LifeVac, continue changing the guidance around choking. Helping raise awareness of choking risks and choking prevention. With multiple peer reviewed medical publications on lives saved, independent testing, safety, effectiveness and usability. LifeVac are proud to be leading the way to change worldwide guidance on how people deal with choking emergencies. LifeVac has been scientifically proven to be more effective and easier to use than any other ACD currently available on the market in the world.

We have many exciting things lined up for 2021, starting with a whole new redevelopment of our LifeVac Europe website and adding a brand new e-learning training platform to make it that much easier for people to know how to use a LifeVac airway clearance device.

 

 

LifeVac helps save 3rd life within Sunrise Senior Living

LifeVac helps save 3rd life within Sunrise Senior Living.

LifeVac helps save 3rd life within Sunrise Senior Living in a choking emergency

 

We are very pleased to announce that LifeVac has been used again within the UK Adult Care Sector to help save another life in a choking emergency. This is the third time LifeVac has been put into action within Sunrise Senior Living since their national roll out in 2019.

Sunrise Senior Living carried out a national roll out of LifeVac ACD’s in 2019.

A nurse had to put his training into action when an elderly resident began to choke on her porridge during meal time. BLS choking protocol was administered to dislodge the food stuck in her airway. Sadly these procedures failed to dislodge the obstruction. 

After a call out, another nurse came running in the room with their LifeVac wall mounted kit. Within seconds LifeVac was deployed and dislodged the food lodged in the residents airway. 

LifeVac’s non-invasive, translucent airway clearance device, with a patented one way valve.

 

 

 

Matthew Banagan, Sales & Marketing Director – LifeVac Europe commented: “This is great news to hear, LifeVac has helped saved another life in a choking emergency and bringing peace of mind to the nurses within Sunrise Senior Living. I’m very proud of the amazing partnerships we have made within the Adult Care Sector and how we support our clients from the start with implementation, training, compliance and risk assessments, to the end result – helping save a life.”

 

LifeVac saves first life within Priory Group

 

LifeVac saves first life within Priory Group.

LifeVac saves first life within Priory Adult Care

 

The team at LifeVac Europe are very pleased to share amazing news, we have been informed that LifeVac has saved it’s first life within Priory Group in a choking emergency.

LifeVac was deployed across Priory Group in 2019, with face to face training and training videos being utilised on the use of LifeVac.

 

A resident was enjoying their evening meal, when they came into difficulty and started choking. Staff acted very quickly delivering back blows and abdominal thrusts which failed to dislodge the full airway obstruction.

A nurse grabbed the LifeVac airway clearance device from it’s wall mounted box. Within in seconds LifeVac dislodged the full airway obstruction with one application, saving the residents life.

 

Lea from LifeVac Euope commented: It’s wonderful news to hear that LifeVac has saved yet another life in the adult care sector. We are very thankful to the quick thinking carers and nurses within the care home. LifeVac has saved over a 120 lives now in a choking emergency, we are very proud to support our clients and help them improve the safety within their establishments”.

 

 

What is LifeVac and how we set the worldwide standard for Airway Clearance Devices

What is LifeVac and how we set the worldwide standard

What is LifeVac and how we set the worldwide standard for airway clearance devices.

 

The technical description of LifeVac is a non-invasive, portable airway clearance device. With two sonic welded discs for interchangeable sized masks and a patented one way valve system. This means when applied no air can be forced through the mask, but when pulled generates over 326 mm Hg of suction, safely and effectively dislodging an obstruction of the upper airway.

In short LifeVac is a non-invasive ACD, to be used when standard BLS choking protocol has failed or cannot be performed.

LifeVac was invented by Arthur Lih, in Long Island New York, a dedicated father who was determined to stop choking deaths in children. Being invented in 2014 LifeVac is the original airway clearance device that has now become known around the world for its safety and effectiveness. Arthur knew finger sweeps were not promoted within choking protocols due to the risk of blindly pushing the obstruction further back and invasive suction devices used by paramedics with tubes attached caused complications such as oral damage or tubes becoming blocked rendering the equipment useless. So Arthur invented a suction device that is non-invasive, simple to use and can be used by anyone – LifeVac

From the beginning LifeVac set out to make safety and ease of use paramount. Under going vigorous independent testing on durability, safety, environmental testing and effectiveness.

Now with over 120 lives saved around the world and multiple peer reviewed medical publications backing LifeVac, we are proud to say we are scientifically proven to be the safest and most effective airway clearance device in the world.

“The LifeVac walls of lives saved”

LifeVac Europe was set up in 2015 by Eric Banagan LifeVac Europe’s MD, who is a close friend of Arthur Lih. Since 2015, together we have created worldwide awareness by making partnerships within most countries around the world. We now have “LifeVacers” who share the same passion such as LifeVac Spain, LifeVac Canada, LifeVac South East Europe, LifeVac Chile, LifeVac Polska, LifeVac UAE, LifeVac Australia, LifeVac Japan, LifeVac Taiwan, LifeVac Netherlands and LifeVac South Africa. With many more organisations joining every year who share the same passion – eradicating choking deaths.

Since LifeVac was invented, our long term goal has been to have non-invasive hand held suction devices implemented into BLS choking protocol, to raise the current 76% effectiveness to as close to 100% effective as possible. This will also give people such as wheelchair users an additional option when faced with a choking emergency.

Now there are multiple peer reviewed medical publications backing LifeVac’s effectiveness, safety and ease of use, which no other airway clearance device has. This why LifeVac passes clinical evaluation by many EMS organisations, Healthcare providers, hospitals and many other sectors. When faced with other options, people may not know of LifeVac so they may think that they do not have a choice or there is no other option available. But as soon as they see LifeVac and our medical folder, they see how LifeVac sets the standard around the world.

The above are just a select few medical journals where independent studies, testing and lives saved have been peer reviewed and published.

One of our proudest moments in independent research on ACD’s was a recent research study that was carried out in the medical school at the University of Warwick, UK. This was peer reviewed and published in Resuscitation Plus Medical Journal by Elsevier. This randomised crossover trial proved efficacy and usability of ACD’s comparing LifeVac to abdominal thrusts, LifeVac to Dechoker (an invasive ACD) and Dechoker to abdominal thrusts. The link to this peer reviewed publication can be found here.

To summarise this study on effectiveness and usability from 90 randomised participants, the LifeVac ACD dislodged the obstruction 99% of the time with 82% being dislodged in under a minute, Dechoker ACD dislodged the obstruction 74% of the time with only 44% being dislodged in under a minute and the abdominal thrusts dislodged the obstruction 71% of the time with 66% being dislodged in under and minute.

Users felt more confident performing the abdominal thrusts than using ACD’s, even though LifeVac was far superior than abdominal thrusts and Dechoker. But users felt more confident and easier to use the LifeVac ACD than the Dechoker ACD.

Snippet from published study.


At this moment in time there is another research study underway being carried out by various doctors from CHEATA NHS and an ENT Surgeon from Great Ormond Street Hospital Dr Paula Coyle, who are researching 90 plus usages of LifeVac for peer review and publication.

We do not have any involvement in this, but look forward to sharing the outcome when it has been published.


 

Even though LifeVac Europe work very closely with the UK Adult Care Sector, having worked with and equipped over 4700 care and nursing homes across the UK from small independent care homes to the largest care home providers such as HC-One, we also specialise in many sectors throughout the world, Hospitality, Health, EMS, Restaurants, Education, Industrial and many more where we are raising awareness and changing the guidance around choking.

 

 

LifeVac saves first life within HC-One, the UK’s largest care home provider:

Clayton-le-Moors care home under investigation following choking death.

An investigation into choking risks at a Lancashire care home has been launched following the death of one of its residents.

 

Clayton-le-Moors care home

“The Care Quality Commission launched its investigation into Le Moors Residential Home following the death of one of the residents living at the Clayton-le-Moors care home.

Inspectors from the healthcare watchdog descended upon the Whalley Road institution in February this year following the death and ‘potential concerns’ raised over choking risks and the management of people’s dietary needs.

The visit was also in light of further concerns about staffing levels and staff training.”

Risks and needs were not kept up to date when it came to eating and drinking plans, leaving staff sometimes ‘unaware’ of how to support residents in a safe manner.

“In the new inspection, improvements were found in relation to dietary risks and needs, with residents assessed by a speech and language therapist to provide extra support for those who experience difficulties with communication, eating, drinking and swallowing.

Records showed residents were now at a reduced risk of choking due to eating and drinking support plans put in place, with staffing sufficient to meet safety needs.

Training had also been ramped up, with staff completing online courses in first aid, nutrition and dysphagia (swallowing difficulties).”

 

Source: LancsLive

 

LifeVac saves first life within the UK’s largest care home provider, HC-One

LifeVac helps save a gentleman’s life in a choking emergency

LifeVac helps save a 64 year old mans life, when began to choke while eating a White Castle Hamburger.

The team at LifeVac Europe are extremely proud to share news, that LifeVac has once again been utilized to save another life. Big or small LifeVac can be used when all else fails.

White Castle are famous for their square tasty hamburgers.

 

A 64-year-old man was saved with LifeVac when he began choking on a onion when eating his hamburger. His wife was able to perform the abdominal thrusts but it was unsuccessful in removing the food. LifeVac was utilized immediately after and successfully dislodged the obstruction from the casualties airway saving his life.

White Castles “Sliders”

“I ordered one, my husband saw it on Fox News. I am so glad I did, as he has ALS. He was eating a White Castle burger and was choking, the abdominal thrust was not working, I grabbed the LifeVac and was able to get that little piece of onion out. So glad I ordered this life-saving device. Thank you!”

 

Read more about a 21 month old boy saved in a choking emergency

 

21 month old boy saved in choking emergency

21 month old Sawyer, saved by LifeVac and quick thinking Father.

 

The team at LifeVac Europe are very pleased to share news that LifeVac has helped save another child’s life in a choking emergency. This time in Ajax, Ontario, Canada.

 

21 month old boy, Sawyer

Sawyer, aged 21 months, was saved by his father using LifeVac in a choking emergency.

 

Sawyer’s father (Sam) is a respected First Responder and gave a brief testimonial:

“I am a first responder so when I saw my son choking, I knew exactly what I needed to do. To my horror, the Abdominal Thrust was ineffective. I quickly realised his food was firmly wedged in his throat. I quickly grabbed the LifeVac. It only took one pump to pop the food out. My son began to cry, which meant he was now breathing. Relief filled me, and then gratitude for this device that saved my son’s life.”

 

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!”