Frequently Asked Questions About LifeVac and Choking
No, LifeVac has a patented one-way valve system, this means when applied no air can be forced through the interchangeable sized masks.
Yes, we offer face-to-face training, train the trainer training, free video training and our CPD Certified e-learning training to suit your needs.
LifeVac is single-use due to cross-contamination, but if you let us know you have used LifeVac like many others have we will replace it free of charge.
Yes anyone can use LifeVac, we recommend to use LifeVac when Resuscitation Council Guidelines (BLS protocol) fails. This is where LifeVac has saved all of its lives when standard BLS has failed or cannot be performed. Resuscitation Guidelines are reviewed every 5 years, unfortunately, LifeVac was not available during the last review. We are certain non-invasive suction devices will become part of the standard protocol at some point in the future as LifeVac is saving lives when BLS fails. In addition, BLS protocol is only 70% effective when performed correctly in a perfect situation. You also have to remember these are “guidelines” not “laws”.
Yes, LifeVac can proudly say it is the only airway clearance device or suction device with independent medical testing, peer-reviewed medical publications and medical abstracts proving safety, effectiveness and lives saved.
No, LifeVac comes with interchangeable sized masks clearly identified by colour coded rings/labels. Unfortunately, one size mask will not fit all so we have created a device that can be used on everyone by simply changing the mask. LifeVac has saved lives from the age of 11 months old to 96 years of age.
Being non-invasive, there is no risk of any tubes pushing the obstruction further back, pushing the tongue back in a panic situation, or tearing of the lingual frenulum which will cause bleeding and the tongue to become an additional obstruction. Also, there are no tubes that can become blocked which will render the equipment useless if only part of the obstruction has been removed.
Yes, LifeVac can self-applied and has also been used like this to save a life.
No, LifeVac is an FDA, Canadian Health Service, MHRA and CE registered medical device for sale and use in other appropriate countries where registrations are obtained.
Barotrauma is usually associated with positive pressure, usually of the lower respiratory tract rather than the upper airway, resulting from high inflation pressures and damaging the lung parenchyma. Suction devices which generate a ‘negative’ (sub-atmospheric) pressure will not damage distal tissues beyond the larynx.
Yes. It is recommended to add LifeVac to the training due to the ease of use and due to the potential consistency of use. The training should consider the availability and non-availability of LifeVac devices. If the LifeVac device is unavailable and not within reach, while it’s being retrieved from the first aid kit, it is required that the BLS protocol to be carried out promptly. Once available, LifeVac can be used almost instantaneously once BLS protocol has failed. Training on LifeVac is easy and “Train the Trainer” programs are available.