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Groundbreaking Pilot Study Reveals butterflyBVM's Superiority Over Ambu Spur II


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Compact Medical proudly announced the publication of their first scientific study, titled "Improved Simulated Ventilation with a Novel Tidal Volume and Peak Inspiratory Pressure Controlling Bag Valve Mask: A Pilot Study," in the journal, Resuscitation Plus. This groundbreaking research marks a significant milestone in the quest to replace outdated manual-ventilation technology, showcasing the superior performance of Compact Medical's revolutionary butterflyBVM over the conventional Ambu Spur II, a widely used bag-valve-mask (BVM).


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The study, conducted at Indiana University School of Medicine's Simulation Center, analyzed the ventilatory performance of emergency medicine physicians using the Ambu Spur II and a prototypical butterflyBVM unit. Participants were asked to resuscitate an adult and a pediatric manikin over multiple scenarios. From almost every angle, participants were found to give more physiologically-appropriate tidal volumes and pressures to the simulated patients after only a 30-second introduction to the butterflyBVM than they did with the Ambu product. This was in spite of the fact that participants in this study had each received an average of over 5 years of training and retraining using traditional BVMs like the Ambu Spur II.


Image Credit: Elsevier


The publication serves as a testament to Compact Medical's commitment to advancing healthcare. The scientific community and medical professionals now have access to tangible evidence supporting the superiority of the butterflyBVM. Additional data are needed, but the company rejoices in proof that the idea of a single BVM that can adapt to multiple sizes of patients while promoting safety is not such a far-off concept after all.


This work was sponsored financially by generous contributions from the National Science Foundation, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the US Food and Drug Administration through its collaboration with the Southwest Pediatric Device Consortium.

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