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kretara8 karma

Yes you can. I have bagged a 24 week baby for 4+ hours. We were unable to ventilate the baby any other way. We had relays of RT’s/Nurses bagging the kid.

While you can bag someone, your hands will get tired fairly quickly. One of the goals of mechanical ventilation is to provide a consistent volume of ‘air’ or consistent pressure (when using pressure ventilation on babies). Hand bagging will provide variable volume/pressure. Not optimal for ventilating a patient.

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As a former Respiratory Therapist, that is a very good explanation.