CPR Pocket Mask
This CPR pocket mask is a great addition to any first aid kit. After becoming an EMT last year I learned the importance of maintaining A. the airway, and B. body substance isolation, and this collapsible mask goes a long way in achieving both.
The soft plastic bubble that lines the mask creates a great airtight seal when fitted over the mouth of the patient ensuring effective oxygen delivery. In addition, the two way valve minimizes the rescuer’s exposure to any bodily fluids or vomitus that could result from providing rescue breaths. The mask itself is standard equipment in trauma bags, and the oxygen port can be used to attach an Ambu bag or oxygen line.
The mask itself comes in a bright orange hard case, along with some nitrile gloves, an alcohol swab, and CPR instructions. For my money this is one of the best tools (outside of adequate and up-to-date training) one can throw in the back of the car or in a first aid kit as it goes a long way in improving the effectiveness and quality of life-saving interventions. It’s cheap, easy-to-use, and small enough that it’s on hand when you need it most.03/15/11