CPR Mask- A Barrier Device

CPR means Cardiopulmonary resuscitation. This process is done in two steps. They are rescues breathing and chest compressions. However, many people don't prefer to do rescue breathing as it brings them in direct contact with the victim. This makes them very uncomfortable to go ahead with this procedure used in CPR.

Hence, in order to avoid this we can use a CPR mask as a barrier between the victim and the rescuer. These masks are officially known as barrier device. The main function of this device is to keep the rescuer safe. If you want to take precautionary measures during the rescue process then make sure to be well equipped with the essential equipments such as CPR masks.

The most popular and oldest forms of CPR masks that are available in the market are CPR Microshield. The main benefits of using this CPR masks are that it is reasonably priced, small and functional.

The types of mask generally used for CPR training of people in the classes are CPR shields. These masks can be purchased from either retailers or online. The most important aspect to be considered while purchasing CPR masks is to check whether the mask is latex free. It is necessary to confirm this because some people are allergic to latex.

The different types of CPR masks that are available in the market include a pear shaped mask that fits over the mouth and nose or flat plastic barrier which is laid across the victims mouth and nose.

Another type of mask is one that comes with a built in oxygen tube. The oxygen tube provided in the mask helps to take oxygen from the atmosphere and deliver it to the patient. This mask is very useful because it reduces the strain of the rescuer when he/ she gives rescue breathing to the victim.

Tips for using CPR masks microshield are given below:

  • The first thing that you should begin with is to remove the CPR mask and the air valve from the container. Then you should expand it by pushing the plastic on it. It should be done in such a way that the plastic pops out into oval shape with a hole at the top of the mask
  • After this you should attach the air valve to the hole at the top of the mask
  • Once these primary tasks are fulfilled then place the mask over the face of the victim in such a way that the narrow part is over the nose with the broader section over the chin
  • You should then create a seal which is airtight by placing the hands over the sides. Then press gently on to the face of the victim
  • Tilt the head of the victim. Remove the victims tongue from the path of the airway. Position your mouth in the valve attached to the mask and breathe into it

Although, these CPR masks are very helpful for the rescuer while doing CPR, it should be taken care the person performing this procedure is well trained.