What is LifeVac ?
The LifeVac is a non-powered, non-invasive, single-use only airway clearance device developed for resuscitating a victim with an upper airway obstruction when current choking protocols have been followed without success.
The LifeVac has a one-way valve that is designed to prevent air from entering a choking victim on the downward motion. The LifeVac creates suction and negative pressure that will help remove the lodged food or object in the event of choking.
We had heard about LifeVac through social networks and as fans of innovation in science and resuscitation I decided to research on this device that had saved several lives in Europe!
We were contacted by LifeVac Europe where they donated two devices to us in order to review and evaluate above all to prove its effectiveness!
As soon as the equipment arrived, we started training the staff on how to use it, emphasizing its simplicity in use, not only by the medical staff.
Many months later, after these devices had arrived for us, it happens that this device tests its function, saving the life of the man.
The best place to test the device was the emergency department where the probability of encountering such a case was high!
Outside the emergency department on 7.12.2018 the emergency medical team is notified of a man who had difficulty breathing. The patient is assisted by the team from where a possible airway blockage is identified by receiving notification from those present that the person was consuming something and that he could have chocked!
The patient is still conscious, the blows to the back are tried to force the foreign body to come out but without success, the Heimlich maneuver is immediately tried which results in failure.
The patient loses consciousness, immediately lies on the stretcher and enters the emergency room where LifeVac is immediately tested, which only after 4 attempts manages to get the foreign body out! The patient under respiratory arrest after being ventilated for several cycles is decided to be intubated and sent to intensive therapy where he stays for 24 hours and then 2 days in the ward then leaves the hospital without any neurological deficit!
Material with which the patient chocked : Piece of pie
Age: 69 years old
Other pathologies: Hypertension, Diabetes Mellitus
The case was referred to LifeVac, which also marked the 18th case of life saved by LifeVac, while today it counts 114 lives saved worldwide!