CPR Pocket Mask

ADC ADSAFE Pocket Rescusitator.jpeg This CPR pocket mask is a great addition to any first aid kit. After becoming an EMT last year I learned the importance of maintaining A. the airway, and B. body substance isolation, and this collapsible mask goes a long way in achieving both. The soft plastic bubble that lines the mask creates a great airtight seal when fitted over the mouth of the patient ensuring effective oxygen delivery. In addition, the two way valve minimizes the rescuer's exposure to any bodily fluids or vomitus that could result from providing rescue breaths. The mask itself is standard equipment in trauma bags, and the oxygen port can be used to attach an Ambu bag or oxygen line. [UPDATE Note: Commenters over at Cool Tools pointed out that changes are being made in regards to rescue breaths and CPR and that it is important to stay up-to-date in your training. Despite the changes this mask remains useful in many other situations including CPR.-- OH] -- Oliver Hulland CPR Pocket Resuscitator $7 Don't forget to comment over at Cool Tools. And remember to submit a tool!


  1. I’ve been carrying one of these around for 15 years. Hint: don’t leave it in your car window

  2. The new guidelines call for rescue breaths if you are trained in how to do them (and are willing), otherwise compression only.
    I teach CPR for the Red Cross, and have my own copy of the new guidelines as issued by the American Heart Association.

  3. Echoing @jhoug, here: I’m an instructor under St. John Ambulance for first aid, and new CPR training DOES call for the use of rescue breaths, provided you’ve been trained to do so. If you’ve had any sort of formal first aid training, you’ve been trained to do this. PLEASE stop propagating this mistaken belief that breaths are no longer used in CPR. THEY ARE. The changes in protocol simply allow for people who are relatively untrained to do something useful. We don’t want you hesitating and agonizing over the decision to use breaths or not; we want you starting CPR as fast as possible and continuing it as consistently as possible.

    As far as first aid kit additions go, two essentials in my first aid kit (aside, of course, from a pocket mask!):

    1. Bandage scissors, the kind with the flat flange on the bottom. Work like a charm for cutting clothing in a fast, safe way.

    2. Saran wrap. A roll of saran wrap makes for a wonderfully quick bandaging material in a pinch.

  4. Former paramedic and paramedic instructor here.
    The best mask I have ever used was a one way valve that sticks into the patients mouth on a flexible vinyl face cover. It is small enough to pocket carry but thick enough to last a year or two.
    This mask is what I carried as an EMT at 18 but you really need to be trained to actually get a seal.
    Using a mask may not have the oxygen but there is less chance of forcing air down into the stomach which is why a bag-valve-mask is only used by paramedics for rescue breathing as a bridge to secure endotracheal intubation.
    The fact is that unless the cardiac arrest is witnessed the chance of CPR or even ACLS working is very low.
    It is not part of the protocol for regular first responders due to some risk of trauma injury but a properly trained person giving precordial thump is a good stand in for a defibrillator if used on a witnessed collapse with no carotid pulse.

  5. I find it odd that they would suggest not using the breaths, since most of the damage comes from the compressions, even highly trained people are told it’s better to risk breaking a rib than give insufficient compression. Unless the person involved was a close friend or relative, I don’t think I’d be jumping in there given how much everyone wants to sue everyone else. Of course I’m less than 1/2 a mile from 3 different hospitals both at home and at work so it’s unlikely be needed.

  6. Yay, first aid thread.

    @rebdav – There’s not really evidence that the precordial thump works (I wrote an essay on it recently – can provide links to research papers if you’re as painfully nerdy as me :) ). It’s been deemphasised in the 2010 British Resusitation Council Guidelines – in my opinion its only still taught at all because its so quick and easy (and – I’m going to say it – satisfying) that noone can quite bring themselves to give up on it. And if it doesn’t delay defibrillation in a witnessed arrest then what the hell.

    @sally599 – The guidance to suggest that rescue breaths can potentially be omitted is not because of potential damage, but because chest compressions are more important. The negative effect of a long break in chest compressions for breaths can outweigh the potential positives of some oxygen getting in.

  7. @shopstop

    While thumping a patient isn’t a statistically good way to restart a fibrillating heart, I have personally performed the precordial thump in the ICU with good results. It’s surely not the BEST answer to VF, but it’s a quick answer while someone gets the paddles ready – and it might just work. Might… but I admit, probably not judging by modern research.

    Of course, we used Lidocaine in the day, as well…

    @sally599 – shopstop has it right – there’s enough oxygen in someone’s lungs to keep them going for awhile IF you pump it around with good strong FAST and DEEP chest compressions. And even when you shock someone back to life, you should perform chest compressions after the shock, bc there is a period of time when you have a nice electrical rhythm but still no pulse from said heart. Technically this is called Pulseless Electrical Activity or PEA. Used to me EMD, electromechanical disassociation.

    In our ER, we do NOT stop compressions on a patient (in a perfect Code), even for placement of a definitive airway (usually endotracheal intubation). We have a team of trained and practiced people, so there are enough people to perform breathing for a patient.

    If you are out in the streets, not a medic or emt, and someone drops – check their pulse and start COMPRESSIONS if they have no pulse. Don’t worry about breathing until there is help to do it, and don’t stop.

    Fun stuff, though usually sad and challenging at the same time.

    The Fiat RN

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