The SAVe is an automated BVM that delivers an AHA compliant tidal volume of 600 mL at 10 BPM for 5 hours.  This frees up the medic to give compressions, start fluids, treat other injuries or ready the patient for transport.  A single on/off switch eliminates the guesswork and operator error associated with BVMs and overly sophisticated transport ventilators.  The SAVe has been in use on the battlefield since 2007.

It is ideally suited for situations where the use of pressurized gas is inadvisable or unavailable, or where size, weight, ease of use and portability are a consideration. Forward deployed field medics, mass casualty incident coordinators within the DHS and EMS professionals will find the device well suited to their needs.

The SAVe is no longer in active production.  It has been replaced by the SAVe II which is a significantly more capable device yet still very easy to use.


The SAVe uses a rechargeable sealed lead acid battery to drive an internal pump that delivers ambient air for 5 hours per charge. The device monitors airway pressure and will cut the pump off at 38 cmH2O.  Alarms for disconnect, high pressure and low battery assist the medic in monitoring the patient. The SAVe does not require O2 to operate but if desired low pressure supplemental air can be titrated to the patient.  It is a time cycle, volume targeted, pressure limited device.


Time cycled, volume-targeted, pressure-limited
TV: 520-600 mL
RR: 10 BPM
PIP: 38 cmH2O
O2: Low flow source
I:E 1:1.7 fixed
Battery: Rechargeable
Duration:5 hours
Power: 100-240 VAC, 15 VDC,  50-60 Hz
Size: 6.5” x 6.25” x 2.5”  (102 in3)
Weight: 3.1 lbs | 1.4 kgs






It is no longer necessary to use 60 year old technology. Simplified Automated Ventilators automate the bagging process.



It frees up the medic to treat other injuries, assist other patients, start fluids, administer drugs or pack the paitent for transport.



Eliminate the guesswork and operator error linked to bagging in high stress environments.  The SAVe delivers an AHA compliant TV of 600 mL at 10 BPM for 5 hours.
The Dangers of BVMS

Ventilating a patient using a bag valve device requires significant concentration and skill in stressful situations. With every squeeze of the bag, the medic is selecting the respiratory rate and tidal volume.  Despite performing well in a classroom, BVMs have been linked to high incidence of hyperventilation which increases mean intrathoracic pressure. This additional pressure impedes venous return and decreases cardiac output.  It may accelerate the rate of an uncontrolled bleed, contribute to popping the clot and unduly elevate intracranial pressure in TBI patients.

The SAVe mitigates the potential for injury, reduces operator error, complies with guidelines, and improves the responder’s ability to perform other critical tasks.  The SAVe performs as well in the field with your ears ringing as in the classroom.

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What are the tidal volume and respiration rate of the SAVe?

The tidal volume of the SAVe is 600 mL and the respiration rate is 10 bpm (breaths per minute).

Are the tidal volume and respiration rates adjustable?

The tidal volume and respiration rates are preset at the factory and cannot be adjusted. These preset rates eliminate guesswork in the field and aid to speed the resuscitation process. If alternate rates are required, these can be defined and requested for approval.

What is the peak inspiratory pressure limit?

The peak inspiratory pressure limit is 38cmH2O to prevent over-inflation.

What is the positive end expiratory pressure (PEEP)?

The positive end expiratory pressure is zero. There is no PEEP.

Can the SAVe be used in conjunction with supplemental oxygen or medical grade air?

One of the advantages of the SAVe is that it runs off ambient air, therefore no compressed gas source is needed. However, the SAVe can accept up to 6 LPM of O2, (FiO2 as high as 62%) if desired.

What happens if a patient condition changes or a device related error occurs?

The SAVe is equipped with suppressible alarms that detect blockage, disconnect and leakage. The unit is designed to cut-off power to the pump when the delivery of additional air would cause immediate harm to the patient. Although this safety feature protects the patient, a medic needs to respond quickly to fix the fault that triggered the alarm to prevent harm to the patient.

What can cause a patient related alarm to sound?

Patient circuit is disconnected somewhere between the ventilator and the mask or ET tube. A broken or punctured patient circuit. A poor seal between the patient and breathing mask. A blockage of the intake port, patient port, or exhaust air flow port The patient is capable of breathing sufficiently enough to fight the ventilator’s function.