What is the bag-valve-mask (BVM) or invasive airway technique during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)?

Updated: Sep 15, 2020
  • Author: Catharine A Bon, MD; Chief Editor: Kirsten A Bechtel, MD  more...
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To perform the BVM or invasive airway technique, the provider does the following:

  • Ensure a tight seal between the mask and the patient’s face

  • Squeeze the bag with one hand for approximately 1 second, forcing at least 500 mL of air into the patient’s lungs

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