Caring for and cleaning a manual resuscitation bagCCaring for and cleaning a manual resuscitation bagCaring for and cleaning a manual resuscitation bagEnglishRespiratoryChild (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

 

 

Caring for and cleaning a manual resuscitation bag2946.00000000000Caring for and cleaning a manual resuscitation bagCaring for and cleaning a manual resuscitation bagCEnglishRespiratoryChild (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<h2>​​How do I care for a manual resuscitation bag?</h2><p>The <a href="/Article?contentid=2944&language=English">manual resuscitation bag</a> will only work well if it does not have any leaks. If there is a tear in your manual resuscitation bag, air will leak out and there may not be enough left to fill the lungs.</p><p>Every day, you must do two simple tests to make sure there are no leaks in your manual resuscitation bag.</p><h3>Daily test 1: Leak test</h3><ol><li> <a href="/Article?contentid=2914&language=English">Wash your hands</a>.</li><li>Cover the outlet of the bag with the palm of your hand.</li><li>With your other hand, squeeze the bag. You should feel the pressure in the bag against your hand.</li><li>If you hear or feel a leak of air, tighten all the connections.</li><li>After checking all the connections, test for leaks again by repeating steps 2 and 3. If there are no leaks, continue to the pressure test below.</li><li>If there is still a leak, replace your manual resuscitation bag. Contact your healthcare team.</li></ol><h3>Daily test 2: Pressure test</h3><ol><li> <a href="/Article?contentid=2914&language=English">Wash your hands</a>.</li><li>Squeeze the bag to empty it.</li><li>Cover the outlet of the bag with the palm of your hand.</li><li>Release the bag while keeping the outlet covered with your hand.</li><li>The bag should fill up freely.</li><li>If the bag does not fill up freely the inlet valve may be sticking. Unscrew the inlet valve assembly (parts 6, 7 and 8 in the image) and gently loosen the valve. Then put the valve back together.</li><li>Repeat steps 1–4 to make sure the manual resuscitation bag fills freely. If there is still a problem, you must replace your manual resuscitation bag. Contact your healthcare team.</li></ol> <figure class="asset-c-100"> <span class="asset-image-title">Parts of manual resuscitation bag</span> <img alt="Listed parts of a manual ventilation bag" src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/trach_manual_ventilation_bag_EN.jpg" /> <figcaption class="asset-image-caption">Most manual resuscitation bags include a duck-billed valve and its parts, a self-inflating bag, tubing, an oxygen reservoir bag, a pressure release valve and its parts and a port for the patient’s mask or tracheostomy adaptor.</figcaption> </figure> <h2>How do I clean the manual resuscitation bag?</h2><h3>Reusable manual resuscitation bag</h3><p>Wash the resuscitation bag and all its parts at least once a month. You may need to wash it more often if it is dirty.</p><ol><li>Gather your equipment and supplies:</li><ul><li>manual resuscitation bag</li><li>adaptor for the tracheostomy tube</li><li>flex hose or tube</li><li>dish soap</li><li>white vinegar</li><li>pail #1: warm, soapy water</li><li>pail #2: solution with 1 part vinegar and 3 parts water.</li></ul><li>Take the bag apart.</li><li>Put all the parts into pail #1. Make sure all the pieces are covered and let them soak for 20 minutes.</li><li>Pour the water out of pail #1. Rinse the parts well with tap water.</li><li>Put all the parts into pail #2. Make sure all the pieces are covered and let them soak for 20 minutes.</li><li>Pour the water out of pail #2.</li><li>Rinse the parts well with tap water.</li><li>Place the parts on a clean towel and allow them to dry.</li><li>Reassemble the parts of the manual resuscitation bag. The parts go together in order from 1 to 8. See image below.</li><li>Do the leak test and the pressure test before you store the bag.</li></ol><h3>Disposable manual resuscitation bag</h3><p>If you are using a disposable manual resuscitation bag, there is no need to wash it. Simply replace it when it gets soiled on the inside.<br></p><p></p> <a class="btn btn-primary" href="https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/trachvent">Return to trach-vent learning hub</a>Caring for and cleaning a manual resuscitation bagTruehttps://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=2947&language=Englishhttps://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=2945&language=English

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