manually operated self-inflating bag-valve mask unit with an oxygen reservoir (may accompany the portable oxygen therapy unit)
- Stands for “Bag Valve Mask,” abbreviated to “BVM”
- Sometimes known as a ambubag
- Is a hand-held device commonly used to provide positive pressure ventilation to patients who are not breathing or are not breathing adequately.
- This device is a required part of resuscitation kits for trained professionals.
- The BVM will help to avoid cross-infection for blood, vomit and secretions.
- Comes in infant, child and adult sizes.
- Can only be used once.