Has lifevac been approved for use in australia?
Yes. LifeVac has been listed on the ARTG for sale in Australia
why do we need a device? aren't current first aid measures effective?
In Australia we do not manager choking in the same way as every other country in the world (that follow the recommendations of the International Liaison Committee of Resuscitation - ILCOR). Instead the recommendations in Australia utilise an unproven technique (the one hand chest compression) that has yet to show any success in relieving an airway obstruction in any casualty since its inception over 10 years ago. Even using the best techniques in the world, first aid measures are not always sufficient to relieve an obstruction and a device such as the LifeVac can then be the difference between life and death.
Is the lifeVAc a single use device?
The LifeVac is classified as a single use device, so as to avoid contamination. For carers, it can be used as a single patient device with appropriate cleaning.
in what settings can lifevac be used?
LifeVac can be used in any setting where choking management may be required, especially settings where the risk of patients choking is higher. These include child care, aged care and special needs facilities and facilities for people with developmental disabilities.
is choking a big problem?
Choking and suffocation accounts for approximately 11% of deaths in children in the age group under 14 years of age and the most likely objects are lollies and coins. The second highest cause of death in aged care is choking, or almost 8 per cent of premature deaths.
Has anyone been saved using the lifevac device?
Yes, we are pleased to say that we have documented examples of casualties that have been saved using the LifeVac device despite the failure of first aid measures. Just go to the News section of our website to read these accounts.
is there any special training required to use the device?
No. The LifeVac device comes with clear instructions and can be quickly mastered by anyone in an emergency.
where can i find more information about lifevac?
what ages can the device be used on?
LifeVac is currently recommended for any victim over 18 kgs (or about 5 years). This is because there is a small risk of injury resulting from the action of the device. The unit comes with 3 different sized masks, Large Adult, Small Adult and Child. A version of the LifeVac will soon be available specifically for victims 0-5 years.
What make lifevac anything more than a pump and a mask?
LifeVac is not just a pump and a mask. If you were to use just these two items connected together the result would be to drive obstructions down the airway of a victim. The real magic of the LifeVac design is patent pending valve assembly that fits tightly between the pump and mask parts. This valve unit (that has been tested to ensure it is safe for humans) ensures that only a negative force to suck the obstruction out of the victims airway.
The lifevac seems a bit expensive, is that because it is a medical device?
The main cost in the LifeVac unit is in manufacturing and importing the patent pending one-way valve assembly. To comply with Australian regulations, the device also has to have locally compliant instructions and labelling. Producing this material also adds to the cost of the device. The ideology of LifeVac is to save lives rather than seek large profits from the misfortune of others. This means that the LifeVac retail price is not inflated but represents costs and margins to ensure a sustainable business. The price of the device in Australia is equivalent to other countries where the device components have to be freighted across the world.
Has the Lifevac device been approved by the Australian resuscitation council (ARC)
No. However this is because the ARC is not the regulatory body in Australia for medical devices. The ARC is a private, voluntary, non-government organisation that does not endorse any specific equipment for use in first aid in Australia. Therefore there exists no "approval" process at the ARC nor is is required in Australia for using the LifeVac device in first aid.