How to use a pocket CPR face shield

A CPR face shield, also commonly known as a face mask, is used during CPR to provide rescue breaths to the casualty.

CPR Face Shield CPR was traditionally taught without a shield/mask, where a person provides rescue breaths directly into the mouth of the casualty.

However using a CPR face shield has many advantages. The mask ensures that germs, blood and any bodily fluids are not transferred from the victim to the rescuer, reducing risk of infectious diseases.

The one way filter valve in the mask prevents the entry of mucus, vomit or blood into the rescuer’s mouth when he or she is giving rescue breaths into the mouth of the patient.

An unused CPR pocket mask is kept in a pouch or envelop and is often included in first aid kits. Many people can also carry them in their handbag, pocket or wallet.

However, note that a CPR face shield will not enhance the effectiveness of rescue breaths, it only acts as a safety device when performing it on a patient. CPR masks are portable, easy to store and you can carry one around anywhere.

How to use a CPR face shield

To properly administer CPR using a CPR face shield, follow these steps:

CPR Face Shield in use

  • Remove the face shield from its wrapper
  • Place the face shield over the casualty’s face. Many CPR face shields have a diagram printed on them showing you the correct position.
  • Open the airway using a  head-tilt, chin-lift manoeuvre. Place your mouth over the face shield provide two rescue breaths to the victim.
  • Continue with chest compressions and rescue breaths until further medical help arrives

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