Illustrative project image
Approved by mentor

Medical tags

Clinical need
Support to medical practice
Critical care medicine
Other supporting equipment
Project keywords
AMBU, Arduino, CPR, resuscitator, oxigen
Device classification

Project description

A bag valve mask (Figure 1a), abbreviated in BVM and sometimes known by the proprietary name Artificial Manual Breathing Unit (AMBU), is a hand-held device commonly used to provide positive pressure ventilation to patients who are not breathing or not breathing adequately.

In emergency medical services, the need for a BVM ventilation is a common occurrence. The device is a required part of resuscitation kits for trained professionals in out-of-hospital settings (such as ambulance crews) and is frequently used in hospitals as part of standard equipment found on a crash cart, emergency rooms or other critical care setting.

This electronic prototype has been developed to improve/simplify the use of the AMBU, by emitting a signal to coordinate the inflation maneuvers from the trained operator. AMBU+ helps the healthcare professional to perform a more accurate ventilation procedure, by indicating the correct frequency with which the operator needs to ventilate the patient. The frequency is indicated using a visual and an audio signal. The operator can choose between two different modes of use: the first one for a normal ventilation procedure and the second one for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).