LifeVac used again in the care sector to dislodge an obstruction in a choking emergency.

We are very happy to announce that LifeVac has been used again in the care sector a year apart.

We have been informed LifeVac was used on two separate occasions at Little Oyster Residential Home in Kent to dislodge an obstruction when residents began to choke during meal time.

 

Little Oyster turned to LifeVac when unfortunately they lost someone they cared for to choking in 2018 and BLS was performed but unfortunately failed to work.

We are very happy that when BLS failed again last year and again in January of this year, LifeVac was used as intended “when BLS has failed” to dislodge the obstruction, clearing the airway.

“The Ambulance crew present was very impressed by the
device and commented they think they should have these”.

When someone is choking with a completely blocked airway, no oxygen can enter the lungs. The brain is extremely sensitive to this lack of oxygen and begins to die within four to six minutes. It is during this time that first aid must take place. Irreversible brain death occurs in as little as 10 minutes.

Due to the nature of care/nursing homes and the wonderful people they care for, unfortunately it isn’t a case of if someone chokes, but when they choke and BLS fails. A common misconception within the care sector is that SALT care/ diet plans will stop someone you are caring for from choking altogether. This isn’t the case, as many care/nursing homes have experienced. Care/diet plans put in place by SALT are a must, but they are to reduce the risk of someone choking and so that the person can enjoy the amazing food made by your chefs to the best of their abilities.

 

Matthew Banagan from LifeVac Europe commented: “This is great news! We try to encourage care providers to let us know when they have used a LifeVac so we can replace our used devices free of charge and it was just by chance we were informed of Little Oyster who we then made contact with. This is our 16th life saved since January of this year! We couldn’t be more thankful to Little Oyster for putting their faith in LifeVac like thousands of other care and nursing homes across the UK have”.

 

Two lives saved in a matter of days in the care sector.

LifeVac Europe are extremely proud to be informed of our 2nd life saved within Hallmark Care Homes.

Choking is a very common occurrence in the care sector due to the nature of who care providers care for on a daily basis. There are many reasons for this such as Dysphagia, physical disabilities, side effects from medications being taken which reduce the amount of saliva we produce, neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease and Huntington’s Disease.

This sadly this means it isn’t “if” people choked but “when” they choke.

Hallmark Care Homes completed their regional training for their group roll out of LifeVac airway clearance devices in September of last year.

This month they had to put their training to the test when two residents within their group days apart began to choke during meal times. On each occasion BLS was carried out which unfortunately failed. LifeVac was used and saved the casualties lives in seconds dislodging the blockage in the airway.

 

Free replacement LifeVac’s were sent out the same day as our standard procedure.

 

Matthew Banagan from LifeVac Europe commented “This is amazing news once again! This is LifeVac’s 12th life saved since the end of January and in the UK we have saved lives in Hallmark Care Homes, Four Seasons Health Care, Exemplar Healthcare and Sunrise Senior Living all in the space of 4 months. It is a great feeling to know LifeVac Europe is making such a positive impact in the care sector, especially in such a sad and unprecedented time. We have worked with and equipped over 3600 care and nursing homes across the UK form small independent care providers to the largest care provider in the UK HC-One. We have had to put a lot of providers face to face training on hold for the time being due to the Coronavirus, but with our free training videos and detailed instruction booklets care providers can still have the confidence to use LifeVac to save a life.”

 

LifeVac is proud to remain the only non-invasive airway clearance device (no risk of pushing the tongue back in a panic situation or obstruction further down) and the ONLY airway clearance device with independent medical testing, verifiable peer reviewed publications and medical abstracts proving it is safe and effective to use. We are proud to lead the way and be the safest option in a choking emergency when BLS fails.

 

Use code CWC10 to receive a discount and 25% of your order with go to The Care Workers Charity Coronavirus Emergency Fund.

46-year-old man died after choking on a piece of toast

Peter Harley had last been seen eating the toast on the settee at the family’s Heron Cross home.

But two hours later his dad – also named Peter Harley – discovered his son unresponsive on the sofa in the early hours of 12th February

Paramedics attended the Grove Road address and discovered Peter’s airway was blocked. They pronounced him dead at the scene.

A statement from Mr Harley Senior was read out during his son’s inquest at North Staffordshire Coroner’s Court.

He said: “We were watching TV and when I went to bed at 11pm I left him eating a piece of toast sitting on the sofa. I woke up at 1am and went to check on my son as I could still hear the TV downstairs.

“My son was unresponsive with toast stuck in his mouth. I called an ambulance, but I already knew he had gone.”

A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as ‘airway obstruction by food’.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service report states: “The patient was found by his next-of-kin having left him sat on the sofa. His airway was obstructed by food. We certified death at the scene.”

Assistant coroner Sarah Murphy concluded Peter’s death was accidental.

She said: “The deceased had a medical history of obesity and hypertension.

“He was last seen alive at 11pm on February 11th watching TV with his father and eating a piece of toast. He found him unresponsive on the sofa at 1am on February 12.

“Paramedics attended and found the airway to be fully obstructed and bread stuck in his right cheek and down into the airway.”

 

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LifeVac saves another life in the care sector!

LifeVac have been informed once again our device has been put to use to save another life from choking to death.

Staff at Lakeveiw Complex Needs Care Home in Manchester put their outstanding training and knowledge to the test when a resident began to choke on food during meal time.

David began to choke during meal time while eating his food, staff recognised David was in difficulty breathing and carried out BLS protocol which failed.

A staff member grabbed LifeVac and used it to dislodge the food from Davids airway saving his life.

 

Matthew Banagan from LifeVac Europe commented “This is great news again, Exemplar Healthcare is our oldest customer. With all the sad news lately in the world regarding the Coronavirus and the shortages with PPE within the care sector, it is nice hearing some good news at last. This is LifeVacs 9th life saved in 4 months when standard BLS has failed or cannot be performed due to underlying conditions such as frailty or disability. A free replacement LifeVac was sent out as standard procedure the same day.”

 

LifeVac has also recently partnered with The Care Workers Charity for their Coronavirus Care Workers Fund. Eric, MD from LifeVac Europe commented “As LifeVac has already worked with and equipped many of the CWC’s partners it felt only right that we partner with the CWC and help raise as much funds possible to support care workers effected by the Coronavirus. Just enter CWC10 when purchasing a LifeVac via our website and you will receive a discount from your order and 25% of each sale will go to the Care Workers Charity Coronavirus Fund.”

LifeVac will also continue to work with the CWC in the future to help raise funding for their emergency grants.

 

LifeVac continues to be proud of being the only non-invasive airway clearance device and only airway clearance device with independent peer reviewed verifiable publications, independent medical testing and medical abstracts proving safety, effectiveness and lives saved.

LifeVac Europe partners with The Care Workers Charity for the #Care4Carers Coronavirus Care Workers Fund

The Care Workers Charity (CWC) have set up a coronavirus care workers emergency fund to provide emergency financial aid to care workers who are self-isolating CWC funding link

LifeVac as well as many other companies/organizations have donated to this important fund.

As LifeVac Europe work very closely with the care sector in the UK we wanted to take it a step further to help the CWC raise as much money as possible during this unprecedented time. For every LifeVac purchased via our website using discount code CWC10 we will donate 25% of each sale to the CWC emergency fund. This code will also give our customers a 10% discount on their order.

The Care Workers’ Charity was founded in 2009 with the objective of supporting current and former care workers with one-off crisis grants to help almost 2 million care workers in the UK  contributing to one of the largest workforce’s, and caring for some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

Executive Director of the CWC, Karolina Gerlich has a message on this great cause:

LifeVac Europe have worked with and equipped over 3500 care and nursing homes across the UK from small independent care providers to the largest care home provider HC-One. During this privilege we have saved many lives from choking to death when BLS has failed or cannot be performed.

Matthew Banagan from LifeVac Europe commented: “Having trained hundreds of care workers around the UK I know how important this fund is to support care workers around the UK who are effected in this unprecedented time. People sometimes forget care workers are on the front line and work very hard to care for people who once cared for us. Being a care worker was already hard enough with daily challenges even before the Coronavirus came.  I have met Karolina quite a few times and her passion for what she does is amazing. It is a privilege to partner with The Care Workers Charity and help raise as much money as possible for the The Coronavirus Care Workers Fund.”.

Just enter code CWC10 in our checkout page and you will receive a 10% discount and 25% will go to this important campaign.

 

Six lives in only 2 months!

The start of the year has been amazing for LifeVac, We understand that some people do report to us when LifeVac has saved a life, as this is what is expected from our device.

So to encourage all uses to be reported back to us every LifeVac comes with a feedback form, we offer free replacement LifeVacs to help with cost and to say thank you for putting your faith in the leaders for airway clearance device technology.

Since January, 6 lives have been reported back to us which as always is amazing news!

Two lives have been within the USA and 4 lives have been within the UK care sector where choking is a very common occurrence due the wonderful people who are cared for that unfortunately suffer from conditions such as Dementia, Dysphagia, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease,  they may rely on a wheelchair for mobility or who are just too frail to receive full BLS protocol.

 

 

Marie from LifeVac Europe commented: “This is great to news to start 2020, the 5th time LifeVac has been used within Four Seasons Health Care and our 1st within Sunrise Senior Living and Roseberry Care. As always saving children from choking to death when all else fails is one of the best feelings, knowing they have the rest of their lives ahead of them.

 

LifeVac Europe – 2019 in review

2019 has been a hard year raising awareness of choking but has also been an amazing year for LifeVac.

 

LifeVac has saved over 50 lives from choking to death when standard BLS has failed or has not been able to be performed. Which means over 50 people can be called Mother, Father, Son, Daughter, Auntie, Uncle, Grandmother and Grandfather in 2020 and many more amazing years to come.

 

 

LifeVac was awarded Care Home Supplier of the Year award by the Outstanding Care Awards, this is something we are extremely proud of as we equipped hundreds of care and nursing homes across the UK in 2019 and started partnerships with many more care groups such as HC-One, Priory Group, Runwood Homes, Sunrise Senior Living, Hallmark Care Homes, Future Care Group Carechoice Ireland, Gracewell Healthcare, Akari Care and many more.

 

LifeVac was awarded company of the year by MED TECH Magazine and one of the Top 10 Respiratory Solution Providers – 2019.

 

We welcomed new distributors LifeVac Polska, LifeVac Benelux and LifeVac Brasil. We also saved our first life in Poland!

 

Our goal for 2020 is to carry on raising awareness of choking, continue to save as many lives as possible and gather more medical evidence for BLS protocol to support the use of hand held suction devices so that one day thousands of more lives can be saved every year when the abdominal thrusts and back blows fail or cannot be performed.

We have some amazing things lined up for 2020 and are proud to continue being the only non- invasive airway clearance device and only airway clearance device with medical testing, peer reviewed medical publications and medical abstracts proving safety, effectiveness and lives saved.

LifeVac saves another child’s life from choking to death.

LifeVac Europe was informed once again of saving another life. 11 month old, Meadow was eating an orange when it became lodged in her throat. She was coughing and gagging at first but it quickly turned into a full airway obstruction and the child was turning purple. Her mother quickly removed her from the high chair and administered back blows and the abdominal thrusts but all attempts were unsuccessful. She laid Meadow on the floor utilizing the LifeVac which dislodged the obstruction saving her child’s life. She was checked by a medical professional the same day.

Testimonial from the parent on social media:

“My baby almost died tonight, and I’m still so sick to my stomach over it. #LifeVac saved her life. My daughter was sitting in her high chair snacking on an orange when she started choking. I pulled her out and tried back blows, but she only seemed to worsen. I tried the Heimlich but that didn’t help either and what was partial seemed to become a full blockage as she started turning purple. I had my LifeVac on the counter because we only bought it about 2 weeks ago. Thank God I was able to dislodge the orange piece and she started to recover. A little voice kept bringing me back to the LifeVac, and I’m so glad I listened and purchased it. I’ve saved our girls from choking 3-4 times before, sometimes back blows and sometimes the Heimlich. This time was different and so much worse. I was completely helpless had I not had this life saving device. I highly recommend every house have a LifeVac on hand, as well as daycare’s and schools. I’m sooooo thankful to God and LifeVac that my baby is full of life.”

Eric Banagan, Managing Director of LifeVac Europe commented: “This is fantastic to hear! Another life is saved due to Meadows quick thinking mother and LifeVac. One day in the near future non invasive suction will be in BLS protocol and devices such as LifeVac will have the opportunity to save thousands of more lives each year when abdominal thrusts and back blows fail”.

 

 

For the use on adults only in the UK and Ireland until further notice.

LifeVac saves another life in the care sector!

On the 28th of November, LifeVac Europe was once again informed of LifeVac being used to save a choking casualty.

This time the incident occurred in a Spanish care establishment when a female resident who suffers from a severe neurological disability in her 70’s started to choke on chopped up apple during snack time.

BLS protocol was administered, the abdominal thrusts dislodged part of the apple but the female resident remained in respiratory distress due to pieces of apple still blocking her airway.

Staff then quickly utilized LifeVac which dislodged the remaining apple that was blocking her airway airway.

 

 

Matthew Banagan from LifeVac Europe commented “We are receiving news every week now of LifeVac saving more and more lives, not only in the UK care sector but around the world! Each one is special knowing someone else is alive today due to quick thinking dedicated care staff and LifeVac”.

 

LifeVac saves another life in the UK care sector!

On the 18th of November, LifeVac Europe was informed once again it had been used to save another life.

This time to save a residents life in a Future Care Group home in Chichester. It was only in October that Future Care Group partnered with LifeVac and we completed regional training for their group roll out.  Future Care Group provides Nursing Care, Residential Care, Respite Care, Convalescent and post-operative care, Palliative and terminal care.

Sue Roberts, Group Head of Quality and Compliance from The Future Care Group commented: “Choking is one of the leading causes of accidental death in the UK and across the world and sadly a common occurrence within the care home setting. We worked with the LifeVac team to put this simple to use device in all our homes and within one month of introducing it have successfully used it to support one of our residents. It can be a very frightening situation when someone starts to choke but the staff in the homes now have additional confidence that when all other protocols have failed to clear the airway they have LifeVac to help them.”

 

Matthew Banagan from LifeVac Europe commented: “This is amazing news and again shows the need for such a device within the care sector. We are extremely proud to have partnered with Future Care Group and 3200 other care and nursing homes across the UK. LifeVac remains the only non invasive airway clearance device and only airway clearance device with independent medical testing, peer reviewed medical publications, peer reviewed medical abstracts proving safety, effectiveness and lives saved”.

3 year old boy saved by LifeVac!

On November 14th,  LifeVac was used again to save the life of a 3-year-old boy named Zeppelin who was choking on fruit loops (cereal).

Zeppelin was on the kitchen floor, not able to cough or make a sound. He was unresponsive when his mother spoke to him. His airway was completely blocked and was turning blue. His mother a trained professional (EMT), performed the abdominal thrusts on him twice and EMS were called.  She quickly laid her son on the floor utilizing the LifeVac as choking rescue procedures were unsuccessful. On the first pull, LifeVac removed the food bolus from Zeppelins airway, his breathing was restored saving his life.

Zeppelin was taken to hospital following the ordeal where he was examined thoroughly and an x-ray taken. “This product is literally a life saver”, said his mother, Sierra.

 

Matthew Banagan from LifeVac Europe commented: “Another life saved by a fast acting mother and LifeVac, these past 2 months we have saved many lives and every one is fantastic to read. This is what keeps us going and keeps us pushing very hard to get non invasive suction into BLS protocol, so thousands of lives can be saved every year when BLS fails”.

 

 

 

 

For the use on adults only in the UK and Ireland until further notice.

LifeVac saves 90 year old lady from choking to death!

We have been informed LifeVac was used again by EKAB Ambulance Service in Greece to save another life.

A 90 year old lady with Alzheimer’s Disease was eating dinner with her daughter when she began to choke on her food (chopped up burger). As soon as her daughter realised her mother was choking she administered abdominal thrusts and back blows which were unsuccessful at dislodging the food stuck in her airway.

The elderly lady became unconscious and her daughter called EMS right away.

EKAB arrived on the scene and assessed the situation, the paramedic took the LifeVac device out of his kit bag and applied the LifeVac which dislodged a large chunk of the food bolus. The lady regained consciousness and was transported to hospital. As they arrived at the hospital her oxygen saturation began to drop, the paramedic quickly realised there was still part of the obstruction in her airway. Using LifeVac again the last remaining part of the food bolus was dislodged.

The 90 year old lady was examined at the hospital and discharged the same day.

Matthew Banagan from LifeVac Europe commented: “This is our 5th life saved in Greece and great to hear! LifeVac donated 50 LifeVac EMS kits to EKAB Emergency Services quite some to ago to help battle choking deaths in Greece, to know they have saved another life from choking to death is amazing!”

LifeVac saves it’s youngest life, 3 week old Audrey.

On the 15th of November LifeVac was informed once again of saving another life.

This time it is very special, our youngest life to date, a 3 week old girl named Audrey Johnson.

Audrey was unable to breath due to a mix of thick mucus and gripe water in her airway. Audrey started to turn blue due to lack of oxygen, her mother Brittany while on the phone to EMS started to work quickly carrying out newborn BLS protocol which was not working to clear Audrey’s airway.

Audrey’s father Jerad grabbed LifeVac from his cabinet and used it to clear the thick mucus from his daughters airway, restoring her breathing and saving her life.

 

Eric from LifeVac Europe commented:  “This is fantastic news! Our youngest life saved, knowing Audrey has her whole life ahead of her thanks to her quick thinking parents and LifeVac is the best feeling. This is LifeVac’s 9th child saved from choking to death and reiterates the need for non invasive suction to be implemented into BLS protocol which we are working very hard to achieve.”

 

 

 

 

For the use on adults only in the UK and Ireland until further notice.

 

Cornwall hospital failings as patient choked on his own vomit

Failures could have “caused or contributed” to the death of a student who choked on his own vomit at Bodmin Hospital.

That was the conclusion of the jury at an inquest into the death of 28-year-old Pawel Bielec, from St Ives.

The four-day hearing was told that Pawel had been allowed unsupervised leave from Fettle House psychiatric rehabilitation unit at Bodmin Hospital on July 1, 2016. He had returned drunk and was later found unresponsive after choking on his vomit.

He died despite efforts to resuscitate him.

Opening the inquest on Monday (November 4), senior coroner for Cornwall Andrew Cox said the main issues that would be explored during the proceedings were the decision to extend Pawel’s unsupervised leave from 15 minutes to two hours, the policy for dealing with drunk patients and whether or not staff absences were a factor in his death.

The inquest at Truro’s Health and Wellbeing Centre heard that Pawel, a music student who arrived in England from Poland aged five, had suffered from alcohol and drug-related difficulties for some time, culminating in a suicide attempt when he jumped off a bridge.

Pawel, who was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome and also suffered from psychosis and anxiety, was sectioned and detained at Fettle House.

Staff said that the clinical aim was for Pawel to become more independent. As a result he had enrolled on a music course, attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and was allowed to go home for up to three days at a time.

He was also allowed periods of unescorted leave.

When he had left the hospital on previous occasions on June 23, 24 and 29 Pawel had returned in an intoxicated state.

When Pawel returned late on July 1 he was drinking from a small bottle of vodka as well Special Brew. He became aggressive with staff when they tried to remove the alcohol and he “downed” the bottle of vodka in front of them.

The jury heard that a breathalyser could not be used to ascertain Pawel’s alcohol level as it hadn’t been calibrated.

Nursing and healthcare staff decided to instigate Level 2 observations on Pawel every 15 minutes rather than Level 3, which would mean a member of staff alongside him at all times. They agreed that their continuous presence would rile him and make him unsettled.

He fell asleep at 5.30pm and healthcare assistant Richard Bolt ensured his airway was clear and he was in the recovery position. At 7.15pm Pawel was found to have choked on his vomit. He died despite attempts to resuscitate him.

Consultant psychiatrist Leyland Sheppard, who was called as an independent witness, agreed that allowing leave was a standard part of the rehab process, but he questioned whether the other incidents of Pawel returning drunk after periods of unsupervised leave should have “pressed the pause button” on further leave.

He agreed that he did not have the same insight into Pawel’s treatment as those clinicians who were involved in his day-to-day care.

Cecile McDermott, the consultant psychiatrist overseeing Pawel’s care, had told the inquest that although there was an obvious risk involved with unescorted leave, stopping it could lead to problems in other areas.

Consultant psychologist Kim Bowen-Jones agreed and stressed that he didn’t respond well when privileges were taken away.

She said: “I felt that to rescind leave is a big decision to make and has its advantages and a lot of disadvantages.”

Pawel had been open about his drink and drug use and had been “mortified” about previous incidents, including using crack cocaine. The periods of leave were seen as a positive risk to aid his rehabilitation.

Dr Sheppard said that continued authorisation of unsupervised leave “probably contributed” to Pawel’s death, as did a lack of physical monitoring, including checking his pulse and respiratory rate after he want to sleep on the evening he died.

Senior coroner Andrew Cox asked the jury: “Given reported incidents of Pawel consuming alcohol on June 23, 24 and 29, 2016, was it appropriate for him to have been allowed leave on July 1, 2016?”

The jury came to the conclusion that yes, the two-hour unescorted leave was appropriate as Pawel presented as being fit to go out.

They were also asked if “the immediate and then on-going action taken in response to Pawel’s alcohol consumption was appropriate in the circumstances”.

The jury said it was not appropriate.

Mr Cox asked the jurors if there were “any errors, failures and/or omssions in this regard that caused or contributed to Pawel’s death?”

They said there were.

The jury stated they were agreed the immediate action was appropriate but when Pawel calmed down “the staff could have reviewed their level 2 observation aided by a functioning breathalyser”.

They added: “We are agreed the adoption of a dynamic risk assessment model would have allowed staff to move to a Level 3 or 4 observation strategy.”

Pawel’s mother Beat Dolan told the inquest: “I feel he should not have been allowed so much unescorted leave due to his mental health state and the fact his medication had just been changed.

“Meetings with experts were infrequent and he was using alcohol to self-medicate. I was told that on the last occasion he returned drunk he was being monitored but later got a phone call to say he was dead. I began screaming and desperately wanted to see him and hold him in my arms.

“I’m concerned staff did not put him on a higher level of monitoring because of his mental state. They should have been more aware he was unwell and anxious while waiting for the new medication to take effect. The decision to extend his leave does not make sense to me when he was being given new medication and had been regularly drinking.”

Paying a personal tribute to him, Ms Dolan added: “My son was very loved and very special to me. I’ve always been there for him. He was never drunk or on drugs when he came home at weekends.

“It was a very distressing time but I treasure every minute I spent with him. I wish I took him home a long time ago. Pawel was an intelligent young man who was hoping with the right support he could have followed his dreams into music.

“Pawel was a very sensitive and vulnerable person. Undiagnosed Asperger’s led him onto a path of self-destruction. I’m heartbroken he slipped through the system and failed by people who were meant to help him.”

Source: Cornwall Live

Supplier Focus – Care Home Professional – The care sector is choking and LifeVac is changing that.

CHAP Tabby, Val Sedgewick wife of gentleman saved by LifeVac in Four Seasons Health Care home and staff nurse, Natalie.

Choking in the care sector is often referred to as the ‘silent killer’ and a carer’s worst fear. Having trained hundreds of nurses and carers around the UK this is the one thing we are always told during every training session.

To understand why, we must understand the risks around choking in the care sector and why the elderly are a vulnerable community at such high risk. Conditions such as cerebral palsy, autism, brain injury, cancer to the mouth or throat, stroke, dementia, Parkinson’s disease and other conditions are associated with swallowing problems which can lead to choking on what some of us feel are the simplest of things.

We are well aware of choking risks for small children, however, it is less well known that the risk of choking on food is seven times higher for people over the age of 65 years than it is for 1 to 4-year-olds. Dysphagia affects around 50% of stroke survivors and 84% of people with dementia. Other factors contribute to choking deaths in the care sector such as lack of saliva due to medications being taken and disabilities where someone may rely on a wheelchair for daily activities.

If someone cannot control all of their body to move around freely and they are restricted to a wheelchair, if they choked, they may not be able to receive abdominal thrusts and/or back blows. A common misconception within some care groups is that SALT care/ diet plans will stop someone you are caring for from choking altogether.

This isn’t the case, as many care homes have experienced. Care/diet plans put in place by SALT are a must, but they are to reduce the risk of someone choking and so that the person can enjoy the amazing food made by your chefs to the best of their abilities. When someone starts to choke basic life support protocol is always carried out as it should be but what happens when that doesn’t work or cannot be performed due to frailty or disability?

An example of something like this happening was reported recently in a root cause analysis conducted by Barchester Healthcare where hospital director Sally Mowforth found staff members were “relentless” in trying to save a resident’s life and that a “fantastic” care plan was in place for him. What many people do not know is that choking protocol is only 70% effective when performed correctly in a ‘perfect’ situation.

This percentage drops drastically to around 40% if the abdominal thrusts cannot be performed due to frailty, obesity or disability. This is where LifeVac can help and is saving lives when all else fails. LifeVac Europe, along with our distributors in the care sector, has had the privilege of working with and equipping over 2,900 care and nursing homes across the UK, from small independent care homes to some of the largest care providers, such as HC-One and Four Seasons Health Care.

LifeVac has saved many lives around the world and many lives in the care sector. It is a non-invasive portable airway clearance device with a patented one-way valve which means, when applied, no air can be forced through interchangeable sized masks, which are clearly indicated by colour coded rings as it is impossible to say ‘one size will fit all’.

In a care setting, 99% of the time, however, a casualty will require either a large adult mask or a medium adult mask. Being non invasive means there is no risk of pushing the obstruction further back or of oral damage and tubes cannot become blocked rendering the equipment useless if only part of the obstruction has been dislodged.

We can proudly say LifeVac is the only airway clearance device with independent medical testing, peer reviewed medical publications and medical abstracts proving safety, effectiveness and lives saved. LifeVac starts from £59.95 and when one of our devices is used to save another life, we replace them free of charge. We also offer free training videos, face to face training and train the trainer training.

Our latest life saved was at a CareChoice Ireland care home which had installed LifeVac throughout their group earlier this year. We also saved our first child in the UK, Oscar Temperton, an 11 month-old who just happens to be the son of Mark Temperton who works for Priory Group as their regulatory inspector and a specialist advisor for the CQC.

 

Here are just some of the amazing feedback LifeVac Europe has received from within the care sector:

“The team at LifeVac presented their thorough knowledge regarding choking risks within the residential care sector and professionally demonstrated the capability and benefits of their invention to deal with such risks. In doing so, they instilled confidence within our leadership team and it was an easy decision to become a partner. LifeVac is invaluable, lifesaving technology and we feel that it is essential to support our staff at Runwood Homes with such crucial lifesaving equipment. LifeVac will protect all of our residents, especially those who are living with a neurological condition, such as dementia or Alzheimer’s, and with an increased choking risk.” – Gavin O’Hare-Connolly, Chief Operating Officer of Runwood Homes.

 

“Hallmark Care Homes are very pleased to work with LifeVac who have supplied LifeVac kits to all of our homes in England and Wales. This gives us piece of mind that in the event of a choking incident we have all the correct equipment within our homes. LifeVac is an incredibly easy to use product and the team at LifeVac have provided our care and nursing teams with some great training on how to use the equipment.” – Aneurin Brown​, Regional Manager for England, Hallmark Care Homes.

 

“We have incorporated Lifevac into our Homes for a couple of years now and ensured we give instruction on its use in our First Aid training. We have recognised the increased risk of choking in some of our residents and have in place a rather comprehensive risk assessment to ensure the risk is recognised and the appropriate responses to the risk are put into operation. The Lifevac is in place to enhance our response to possible incidents of choking. We worked constructively and effectively with Lifevac Europe to ensure the appropriate distribution of Lifevac to our Homes and to ensure the correct instruction to our staff on its use.” – Frank Cummins, Care Services Director, Caring Homes Group

 

“For me, the beauty of LifeVac is in its simplicity. Having assessed the suitability of the device, I had positive feedback from my frontline colleagues thanks to it being so easy to use and non-invasive, despite serving such a critical life-saving purpose.” Robi Roccella, Head of Wellbeing, HC-One.

Source: Care Home Professional

 

LifeVac Saves Another Life!

As we are LifeVac Europe, we have distributors around the UK, but also we have the privilege of having distributors around Europe such as LifeVac Spain, LifeVac SA, LifeVac South East Europe, LifeVac Polska and LifeVac Netherlands.

We have been informed LifeVac has saved  another life in Spain, which as always is amazing news!

A 1 year old boy named Irai picked an object up and put it in his mouth, whilst playing at his nursery in Navarra, Spain.

Irai began to choke and nursery staff carried out BLS which unfortunately failed. A staff member then grabbed LifeVac and with one application saved Irai’s life.

Due to receiving BLS Irai was checked over at the local hospital and was given the all clear.

Here is a video clip of local news interviewing Irai’s mother and the nursery staff member who used LifeVac to save little Irai’s life.

 

Marie from LifeVac Europe commented “We love receiving feedback that LifeVac has saved another life, knowing another little child is alive today because of LifeVac is an amazing feeling”.

 

 

 

 

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LifeVac Saves Another Life!

On the 25th of October LifeVac Europe was informed of another life saved, this time in a care home in Tipton.

LifeVac was deployed in an Exemplar Healthcare care home, when a resident started to choke during meal time.

A resident with Spina Bifida who relies on an electric wheelchair started to choked during her dinner. Basic life support was carried out by nurses which failed. The resident became unconscious when one of the nurses went and grabbed LifeVac. With one application the LifeVac dislodged the food bolus saving the residents life.

 

Matthew Banagan from LifeVac Europe commented “This is great news! Exemplar Healthcare is one of our oldest customers and to know we have saved another life within their group is fantastic. This once again shows why LifeVac is now in over 3000 care and nursing homes across the UK, why LifeVac is the safest option and so well known in the care sector. We have had some amazing meetings these past 3 weeks and are looking forward to welcoming 3 more of the largest care providers in the UK to the LifeVac family very soon. We have built our reputation in the care sector through great customer service, saving lives, passionate distributors and we treat every customer as a partner.

Nearly every customer we have in the care sector is through word of mouth, you cannot buy your way into the care sector, you rely on your reputation you built and the service you provide.”

 

LifeVac is proud to be the only non invasive airway clearance device and only airway clearance device with independent medical testing, peer reviewed medical publications and medical abstracts proving safety, effectiveness and lives saved.

 

Future Care Group Rolls Out LifeVac

This week, we are delivering regional training across the UK for Future Care Group.

Future Care Group have partnered with LifeVac and have equipped our non invasive airway clearance device across all of their care facilities around the UK.

We are delivering training at the beautiful Cedar View Care Centre tomorrow where everyone will be trained on how and when to use LifeVac to save another life.

 

Future Care Group provides Nursing Care, Residential Care, Respite Care, Convalescent and post-operative care, Palliative and terminal care.

Future Care Group are now part of the LifeVac family and one of the many care groups around the UK who have equipped LifeVac to safeguard the people they care for on a daily basis in a choking emergency.

 

Eric Banagan, MD of LifeVac Europe commented “We have been delivering training this week to the amazing staff of Future Care Group. Everyone has been really interactive, expressing the importance of needing a LifeVac in place and can see how easy it is to use to save someones life. We are very proud to welcome Future Care Group to the ever growing list of care groups who really see the importance of providing an extra safety measure for a choking emergency.”

 

LifeVac are proud to be the only non invasive airway clearance device an only airway clearance device with independent medical testing, peer reviewed publications and medical abstracts proving safety and effectiveness. Leading the way for airway clearance device technology.

LifeVac saves 40th life.

16th of September LifeVac was informed of saving our 40th life. On Saturday the 14th of September, Mark and his wife were enjoying dinner with their 11-month-old son Oscar.

Oscar was eating chopped up tuna and pasta, when he put too much food in his mouth and began to choke. His father and mother, two trained nurses, tried to dislodge the food by giving back slaps to Oscar which unfortunately failed. Oscar’s lips started to turn blue due to lack of oxygen. Mark grabbed his LifeVac home kit and applied LifeVac to his son in an effort to dislodge the obstruction in Oscar’s throat. After applying LifeVac a large tuna and pasta bolus was dislodged saving Oscar’s life.

“Thank you so much, my son is still here because I bought your device. Never in a million years did I think I would ever need it.” – Mark, Oscar’s father.

 

Eric Banagan LifeVac Europe’s MD commented “This is great news! LifeVac saves another life, little 11 month old Oscar. We are always overwhelmed when we hear of LifeVac saving lives nearly every week, but when it’s a child it makes it that little extra special. This again proves the need for suction devices to be implemented into BLS choking protocol to raise the current 70% effectiveness to as close to a 100% effective as possible. The use of suction has been around in ALS and ILS for years, but they have all been invasive suction due to complications with tubes and the risks of pushing obstruction further back. We are very proud to be the only non invasive airway clearance/suction device and the leader in airway clearance device technology.

 

 

 

 

 

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LifeVac saves 37th life from choking to death!

On the 10th of September LifeVac was informed of our 37th life saved!

In March LifeVac partnered with CareChoice Ireland care group who rolled out LifeVac across all of their homes after staff receiving training.

CareChoice Ireland provide outstanding care to the wonderful resident’s that reside in their beautiful care establishments that range from 50 bedded homes to 165 bedded homes.

In September at one of CareChoice’s homes LifeVac was put into action when a resident began to choke. BLS protocol was carried out which unfortunately did not dislodge the obstruction, staff grabbed LifeVac and used it to dislodge the food which saved their resident’s life.

 

Matthew Banagan from LifeVac Europe commented “This is such great news to hear of another life being saved, especially in the care sector again! It has been a pleasure working with CareChoice Ireland for their roll out.

Recently reading sad news reports of tragic deaths from choking in various care homes around the UK, it is really nice to see we are making a difference by saving lives. We firmly believe within the next few years the leading cause of accidental death in adults over the age of 65 will be a thing of the past. We are proud to say we have worked with over 2800 care and nursing homes across the UK and they have put their trust in the original, leading airway clearance device, LifeVac”.

LifeVac saves 36th life!

On the 27th of August LifeVac was informed once again of saving another child’s life!

 

Sue Stokes who is certified in BLS protocol had to put her life saving skills to the test on Friday morning to save her son Nicholas’s life.

Sue who has had to previously put her life saving skills to the test 3 times previously, didn’t expect to have to do this again when her son Nicholas started to choke on peanut butter and bread.

Nicholas was eating his snack when he began to choke, Sue quickly realised her son was in trouble and unable to breath, she carried out the abdominal thrusts which she had done successfully before, but this time they did not work. Sue quickly remembered LifeVac that she had purchased years prior. She laid Nicholas on his side and quickly applied the LifeVac. With one application a large piece of peanut butter and bread roughly 3 inches long was dislodged saving Nicholas’s life.

“It really saved his (Nicholas’s) life this morning!!!!” ~ Sue Stokes~

 

Matthew Banagan from LifeVac Europe commented “Hearing of another life saved is amazing! This is LifeVac’s 6th child saved, knowing another child has their full life ahead of them thanks to his quick thinking mother and LifeVac is an amazing feeling. All of our lives saved have been when protocol has failed or has not been able to be performed, knowing we have created something that continues to save lives when all else fails is irreplaceable”.

 

 

 

 

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Choking In The Care Sector

Choking in the care sector is often referred to as the “silent killer” and a carers worst fear. To understand why we must understand the risks around choking in the care sector and why the elderly/vulnerable community are at such high risk of choking.

Choking is one of the leading causes of accidental death in adults over the age of 65, this is due to many reasons and the most common are Dysphagia, lack of saliva from side effects due to medications being taken and physical disabilities where someone may rely on a wheelchair for every day activities.

In fact, people over 65 years of age have seven times higher risk for choking on food than children aged 1–4 years of age.

At LifeVac Europe we have trained 100’s of carers in the use of LifeVac for their care group/home whether this is for a care group roll out or training new colleagues for a new care home opening and on nearly every training session we always hear the same feedback “choking is one of our worst fears, especially if the person is in a wheelchair”. When someone is in a wheelchair the survival rate for choking drops drastically as they may not be able to receive abdominal thrusts or even back blows if the casualty is in a moulded wheelchair. Choking protocol is 70% effective when performed correctly in a perfect situation by a healthcare professional. As soon as one of these manoeuvres cannot be administered the 70% drops to nearly 40%. Up to 75 per cent of care home residents have dysphagia, which means they find it difficult to swallow, eat or drink.

In a choking emergency every second counts, you have roughly 3 minutes before the casualty will become unconscious, 6-10 minutes of oxygen starvation brain damage is probable and 10+ minutes of oxygen starvation the victim is likely to die.

When someone has a Neurological disorder such as Multiple Sclerosis, Huntington’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease or Parkinson’s Disease for example when a tragedy occurs from choking to death, unfortunately the death can be recorded as “complications relating to the neurological disease” not as choking. This makes it harder to keep track of how severe choking is in the care sector.

Care/diet plans are put in place by SALT for people who are at high risk of choking, but these are sadly missed on the rare occasion (for example when someone moves to a new home) and this is not a guarantee a resident will not choke. But these are essential to help a resident who is at risk of choking enjoy food as much as possible but stay safe at the same time.

Recently these sad media reports have again highlighted the need for extra measures to be put in place for the elderly/vulnerable:

Man at Kingsley Care Home Choked To Death On A Hot Cross Bun

Elderly Man Choked To Death While Eating His Lunch

The Sad Death Of Irene

At LifeVac we work very hard to help care providers safeguard the people they care for from choking to death when other methods fail and raise awareness of choking. We also have partners who help us achieve our goal to eradicate these sad preventable deaths: Care Shop, Beaucare, HSL Training & Medical Supplies, Wightman & Parrish, HCSUK.

Nearly every other week or month we receive feedback of LifeVac saving another life, some let us share the story to help raise awareness and some want us to keep it confidential which we fully respect. Either way we are starting to make an impact in the care sector helping care providers save the lives of the people they care for when tragedy strikes, now having saved over 35 lives from choking to death. Every other day we are either training a new care home or care group highlighting the risks of choking and demonstrating how to save a life when all else fails.

Runwood Homes Partners With LifeVac

LifeVac are proud to be able to say we are the only non-invasive airway clearance device and only airway clearance device/suction device with independent medical testing, peer reviewed medical publications and peer reviewed medical abstracts proving safety, effectiveness and lives saved.

We have now worked with and equipped over 2800 care and nursing homes across the UK, which means when the “silent killer” occurs that casualty will be able to tell their loved ones how the amazing carers and LifeVac saved their life when all else failed.

LifeVac Europe Wins Care Home Supplier Of The Year Award

LifeVac Europe LinkedIn Page

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LifeVac saves 35th life in the care sector and 1st life in Poland!

On the 9th of August 2019 we were informed that LifeVac saved another life.

This is LifeVac’s 35th life that we have been informed of and our first life saved in Poland.

Our distributor LifeVac Polska trained an elder care home “Dom Pomocy Społecznej” two weeks ago in Krakowska on the use of LifeVac to safeguard the people that they care for in a choking emergency.

On the 9th of August 2019, LifeVac was once again put to the test only a few weeks after training being delivered when an 81 year old female resident started choking during lunch. The resident was eating her meal accompanied with a bread roll, she came into difficulty when eating her roll and started to choke which became a full airway obstruction. Carers carried out the abdominal thrusts and back blows which failed, she then became unconscious due to lack of oxygen. Her carers then used LifeVac which dislodged the large bread bolus within seconds saving her life.

 

Eric Banagan MD of LifeVac Europe commented “This amazing news to receive and our 4th life saved within 2 weeks. Our distributors work very hard to help save lives and are just as passionate as we are to help raise care standards. The elderly have given so much to all of us, so they should they receive the best possible care available. We have been privileged to have so far worked with over 2700 care and nursing homes in the UK, from small independent homes to the largest care home providers/groups in the country. Choking is one of the leading causes of accidental death in adults over the age of 65 and we are working really hard to eradicate this statistic. Having trained many care homes, we always hear “someone choking is one of our biggest fears, especially if they are in a wheelchair”. If someone in a care facility is known to be high risk of choking the provider should be doing everything possible to prevent them from choking to death.

 

LifeVac saves 33rd LifeVac from choking to death, another life saved in the care sector.

LifeVac saves 33rd life!
A 92 yr old female dementia resident in an assisted living facility in California started to choke on mashed  potato and chicken during their dinner. The resident was pocketing a large quantity of food in her cheeks.
The food became a full airway obstruction and carers carried out abdominal thrusts and back blows which failed. The female resident started to turn blue as no air was getting into her body. LifeVac was used after BLS failed and successfully removed the food, before paramedics arrived and transported her to be checked over.
LifeVac has saved lives in the UK, USA, Canada, Spain, Greece, Albania, Australia and South Korea. We are extremely happy LifeVac was used again in the care sector to save another life. People over the age of 65 are 7 times more likely to choke than children. This is due to many reasons such as Dysphagia, lack of saliva due to medications and Neurological diseases such as MS and Parkinson’s Disease.
LifeVac is in over 2600 care and nursing homes across the UK and many more around the world.

LifeVac saves 34th life from choking to death!

On the 1st of August 2019, LifeVac was informed once again another life has been saved from choking to death.
LifeVac was used to save 6-year-old Logan from choking to death on two quarters in Canada.

Logan had been counting money that he had received from the “Tooth Fairy” from the night before. Unfortunately, Logan had put the money in his mouth. As soon as he realised something was wrong, he came running down to the kitchen for his mother Ali.

As soon as Ali saw her son Logan, she noticed immediately something was wrong as he was starting to turn blue and was unable to breath. Ali attempted the abdominal thrusts which failed, Ali then used a LifeVac which she had purchased a few months prior. As soon as LifeVac was applied, Logan started to breath again and colour came back to his face.

Ali commented, “Logan is completely fine and back to his normal goofy self, but without our LifeVac I’m sure that this wouldn’t of been possible”.

 

Matthew Banagan from LifeVac Europe commented, “This is once again amazing news! This one touches home a little for myself as my own son is only a year older and is also named Logan. This is LifeVac’s 5th child saved from choking to death and it really shows the different choking hazards for children as each airway obstruction has been different that LifeVac has dislodged from each child. In the first case report it was a hot dog where the terrifying experience was captured on CCTV in an IKEA restaurant, our second were carrots, our third was a hard piece of plastic, our fourth was a hard sweet (Lemon Head) and finally Logan who choked on two quarters”.

 

A LifeVac representative said “This goes to show how much certain suction devices are needed in first aid training and to be included into BLS choking protocol when BLS fails. People unfortunately take first aid classes (which is a must), but come away thinking that the procedures they carryout when someone chokes will always work. They do not know that choking protocol is only 70% effective when performed correctly by a healthcare professional in a perfect situation. This is what we are trying to raise awareness of at LifeVac and why we are working so hard to get suction devices into BLS as we have proven many times suction can be used by lay people when BLS fails”.

 

 

 

 

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