We had been requested by the good of us at Micro BVM to guage their product.
The Micro BVM is a full-functional grownup BVM with masks, oxygen tubing and reservoir, totally appropriate with most aftermarket PEEP valves. The producer touts it as being 75% smaller when saved than a regular BVM.
It’s certainly packaged in a rugged, compact case, making it a viable answer for tactical and wilderness response luggage, bike medic luggage, or anyplace else house is a premium.
One merely unscrews the case and expands the bag and masks packaged therein. It’s easy-peasy to get out, however if you happen to’re going to make use of it for EMT coaching, as I did, you’ll have a satan of a time getting it again in the case. We obtained 4 of them to outfit our pupil groups’ response luggage for IOOHS eventualities, and the primary time we used them, I wound up providing further factors to any pupil who may get the suckers again of their circumstances.
I didn’t need to pay up.
Nonetheless, ease in re-packaging is a minor quibble, and probably not related for one thing that’s alleged to be a single-use, disposable merchandise. We put the Micro BVM within the palms of our college, twelve brand-new EMT college students, and twenty-four skilled EMT’s and paramedics in a refresher class. We distributed a questionnaire asking contributors to fee the Micro BVM on three parameters – ergonomics, masks seal, and tidal quantity – utilizing the ever present Ambu S.P.U.R. as a management. A synopsis of the outcomes had been:
Ergonomics: A. It suits the hand effectively, and was notably straightforward to make use of for suppliers with small palms.
Masks Seal: B. Uncooked, inexperienced EMT college students appreciated the masks design of the Micro BVM in comparison with the standard inflexible masks with inflatable cushion of the Ambu S.P.U.R. The overwhelming majority of them mentioned that sustaining a masks seal with the Micro BVM was harder, though all of them had been in a position to acquire a seal with a couple of minutes of observe.
School and skilled EMS suppliers, nevertheless, had no issues getting a masks seal instantly, which leads me to consider that our college students’ dissatisfaction with the Micro BVM masks was doubtless due extra to inexperience and flaws in approach than design. They merely discovered the S.P.U.R. masks extra forgiving.
Tidal Quantity: A. No one who evaluated the Micro BVM had any issues getting satisfactory tidal volumes on a recording CPR manikin or a full-body ALS manikin, nevertheless, all of them had been working towards ventilating an grownup manikin with a pediatric bag fitted with a PEEP valve and grownup masks.
One unofficial parameter – value level – put the Micro BVM effectively behind its rivals. At roughly $46 per unit, it’s 3 times the worth of an Ambu S.P.U.R. This isn’t a BVM you’re going to inventory ambulance cabinets with. Nevertheless, I strongly suspect Micro BVM’s goal market is suppliers who will use a BVM sometimes and for whom cupboard space is a premium, and are prepared to pay extra for it.
It would match that market area of interest reasonably effectively.
If you happen to’re available in the market for a compact, totally practical and ruggedly packaged BVM, and also you’re not going to be utilizing one a number of instances every week, the Micro BVM is an efficient alternative.
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