Manual ventilation: General knowledgeMManual ventilation: General knowledgeManual ventilation: General knowledgeEnglishRespiratoryChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)Lungs;TracheaRespiratory systemNon-drug treatmentCaregivers Adult (19+) Hospital healthcare providersNA2017-06-29T04:00:00ZReshma Amin, MD, FRCPC, MSc;Faiza Syed, BHSc, RRT;Tuyen Tran, RRT000Flat ContentHealth A-Z

 

 

Manual ventilation: General knowledge2944.00000000000Manual ventilation: General knowledgeManual ventilation: General knowledgeMEnglishRespiratoryChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)Lungs;TracheaRespiratory systemNon-drug treatmentCaregivers Adult (19+) Hospital healthcare providersNA2017-06-29T04:00:00ZReshma Amin, MD, FRCPC, MSc;Faiza Syed, BHSc, RRT;Tuyen Tran, RRT000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<figure><img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/trach_manual_vent_bags_EN.jpg" alt="Various sizes and types of manual ventilation bags" /><figcaption class="asset-image-caption">Various sizes and types of manual resuscitation bags</figcaption> </figure> <h2>​​What is a manual resuscitation bag?</h2><p>A manual resuscitation bag is a football-shaped device that is attached to your child’s <a href="/Article?contentid=2916&language=English">tracheostomy tube</a> and squeezed to give breaths to your child. It can be disposable or reusable.</p><p> <strong>Note:</strong> Manual resuscitation bags are also called bags, Ambu bags or manual ventilators.</p><h2>When will I need to use a manual resuscitation bag?</h2><p>You will need to use a manual resuscitation bag:</p><ul><li>when your child is having trouble breathing on their own, in an emergency,</li><li>when there is a problem with your <a href="/Article?contentid=2937&language=English">child's ventilator</a></li><li>when no power source is available to operate the ventilator</li><li>before and after <a href="/Article?contentid=2927&language=English">suctioning</a>, if recommended by your child’s healthcare team.</li></ul><p></p><div class="caution"><h3>Prec​aution</h3><p>Children with tracheostomy tubes should always have a manual resuscitation bag with them in case of an emergency.</p></div><h2>How does a manual resuscitation bag work?</h2><p>When the bag is squeezed, the air inside it goes into your child’s lungs. The air your child exhales (breathes out) goes through a valve on the bag. The bag then re-inflates by itself.</p><p>If your child needs <a href="/Article?contentid=2958&language=English">oxygen</a>, you can add it by attaching oxygen tubing to the bag’s oxygen inlet tube.</p><h2>Do manual resuscitation bags come in different sizes?</h2><p>Manual resuscitation bags come in three sizes, which vary according to the weight of your child.</p><p>Speak to your child’s healthcare team about which size is appropriate for your child right now. As your child grows, make sure to reassess the manual resuscitation bag size with the team.</p><p></p> <a class="btn btn-primary" href="https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/trachvent">Return to trach-vent learning hub</a><br>Manual ventilation: General knowledgeTruehttps://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=2945&language=Englishhttps://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=2943&language=English

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