Many lay rescuers do not want to perform the rescue breathing part of CPR because of the close contact required with the victim. The best way to avoid that squeamish feeling is to be prepared. CPR masks provide a barrier between rescuer and victim. Follow universal precautions
during any rescue and make sure you have the proper personal protective equipment
. One of the most important items you can have is a CPR mask.
The CPR MicroshieldÂ® is one of the oldest CPR masks on the market. It is small, functional, and reasonably priced. It has a one-way valve to keep fluid from the victim's mouth out of the rescuer's.
Packaged in a small pouch with a key ring attached, the CPR MicrokeyÂ® uses the same one-way valve as the CPR MicroshieldÂ® uses. Its keychain design makes it much easier to carry.
This mask from American Diagnostic Corporation is designed more for the professional rescuer. Masks like these are extremely effective and can be attached to a ventilation device when necessary. Unfortunately, maintaining a seal around the victim's mouth with a mask like this can be difficult even for a seasoned rescuer. Its size makes it a bit unwieldy and renders it a better choice for stationary first aid kits
than for rescuers on the go.
The Adsafeâ¢ CPR Face Shield comes packaged in a tiny keychain. Its small case is deceiving; when opened, it is larger than the CPR MicrokeyÂ®. There is no one-way valve, but the device does have a filter to help protect the rescuer. Instructions are printed on the mask to help rescuers.