Jim DuCanto and I discuss the Oxylator series and delve into the novel features and advantages they offer for EMS folk and prehospital doctors
1.Manual BVM has issues as we discuss. Gastric overinflation and hyperventilation with abnormal CO2 are two major problems. Scott Weingart recommends using the ventilator as your smart BVM. Could not agree more but its a major culture change for most of us to do this. Many of us prehospital folk do not have ventilators. But the Oxylator does the same job, is pressure and flow limited for safety and costs $2000 per device. Its small and light, very portable.
2. Gas driven so not reliant on batteries or electricity. Safer in hazardous, flammable gas filled environments where an electrical spark may kill everyone during the rescue. Problem is carrying enough pressurised gas. Jim talks of a work around solution of using an air compressor he bought from a local hardware store! Novel solution but not ready for prime time! More on role of gas compressors in a future episode!
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