The LifeVac is a non-powered single patient portable suction device developed for resuscitating an aspirating victim when the standard protocol has been followed without success. The negative pressure generated by the force of the suction is 3 times greater than the highest recorded abdominal thrusts. The LifeVac comes with two mask sizes, Adult and Pediatric. Replacement masks can be purchased here.
• No prescription required • Not equipped to be used on persons under 22lbs. (Based on the mask manufacturers general guidelines for the pediatric mask, 22lbs. is the recommended minimum weight for a proper fit. We have confirmed that LifeVac is safe and effective for this weight range and above.) • Check masks periodically and strongly consider replacement every two to three years
"I am trained in CPR, I did the Heimlich, it did not work, my daughter was dying in front of me. LifeVac saved her life. Please have a LifeVac. It is priceless!"- Claire Duvall, Mother
• A leading cause of death in children • 5,000 deaths yearly • One child dies every 5 days from choking • Leads to 100,000 visits to the ER yearly • Over 100 million Americans have no defense against aspiration emergencies due to pregnancy, disability, obesity, or being alone • More people die from aspirating than die in fires, drowning or accidental shootings • A leading cause of accidental deaths in persons over the age of 65
TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE
• 0-4 minutes: Brain damage unlikely • 4-6 minutes: Brain damage possible • 6-10 minutes: Brain damage probable • 10 minutes +: Probably brain death • Average emergency response time is 7 to 12 minutes
• Of allchoking deaths in 2000, 41% caused by food, 59% by nonfood items (balloons, etc) • Candy is associated with 19% ER visits for aspiration emergencies – 65% due to hard candy and 35% gummy bears, chocolate, caramel, etc. • Coins were responsible for 18% of ER visits for children age 1 to 4 years