LifeVac dechoker device
Please note: Training is now currently available.
The Story behind the invention
The vision of LifeVac came about from a story that Arthur Lih, the founder and CEO of LifeVac, heard of a mother in a hospital weeping following the death of her young son.
The reason for his death was that a grape had become lodged in his windpipe and the back blows and abdominal thrusts did not work. Once Lih heard the story he set about to invent an apparatus that could when abdominal thrusts wouldn’t work. His daughter was of the same age and he was determined this was never going to happen to his daughter.
LifeVac is the only non-invasive airway clearance device and only airway clearance device with independent medical testing, peer reviewed medical publications and peer reviewed medical abstracts proving safety, effectiveness and lives saved.
Being non-invasive means there is no risk of pushing the obstruction further down or tongue back in a panic situation. Also being non-invasive there is no risk of any tubes becoming blocked which renders the equipment useless if only part of the obstruction has been removed.
LifeVac is now equipped in over 2500 care and nursing homes across the UK from small independent care homes to some of the largest care providers such as Four Seasons Health Care. LifeVac has saved many lives around the world, many of these lives saved have been in the residential care sector.
How it works
As the LifeVac has a one-way patented valve, when applied it only sucks up and does not push air down when pulled therefore LifeVac creates three times more pressure than the abdominal thrust as trained in Emergency First Aid. The LifeVac is a non-powered single patient portable suction apparatus developed for resuscitating a choking victim when standard basic life support (BLS) protocols have been followed without success.
LifeVac can be used when someone is sitting down such as a wheelchair user, whilst also standing or they are laying down.
It’s as easy as Place, Push, Pull.
With a patented one-way valve, this means when applied no air can be forced through the masks, but when pulled generates over 326 mm Hg of suction safely and effectively dislodging the obstruction.
LifeVac has different sized masks clearly identified by colour coded rings as a one size mask will not fit all individuals.
LifeVac comes with a clear detailed instruction booklet and a practice mask so that you can get used to the feel of the device before having to use it in the event of an emergency.