The threat of a chemical-agent release in a crowded area has presented new challenges over the last few years. This environment is as dangerous as that which may be encountered during confined space entry in the industrial setting in atmospheres that are Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health (IDLH). The O-Two CAREvent® CA chemical agent resuscitation environment ventilator has been developed to meet these challenges.
The O-Two CAREvent® CA has only one external control. The chemical agent and IDLH environments are considered to be so hazardous that the less the rescuer has to do to ventilate the patient, the quicker the patent can be resuscitated and the greater the chance for the patient’s survival. With the O-Two CAREvent® CA, all that is required is to turn on the oxygen/air supply, apply the mask to the patient’s face and secure the airway. The O-Two CAREvent® CA will provide automatic ventilation to the non-breathing patient at a rate and volume designed to provide adequate oxygenation while reducing the risk of gastric insufflation, in accordance with the current guidelines for resuscitation.
The micro-pneumatic circuitry of the O-Two CAREvent® CA requires no batteries or electrical supply to operate. Should the patient start spontaneous breathing, the demand breathing feature of the O-Two CAREvent® CA allows the patient to breathe at his or her own rate and volume. The patient’s inspiratory effort (if adequate) will also cause the automatic circuit shut-off to stop the automatic cycling of the ventilator, allowing the patient to breathe at her or his own rate and volume.