Below you’ll find answers to some of the most common questions about the SARUS hoods.

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What is the weight and size?

The SARUS-CPR hood weighs 240 grams (8.4ounces)

It is packaged to the approximate size of a shoe box

Why should I purchase the SARUS Hood?

Safety: a CPR option that reduces risk to patients and personnel

Simplicity: is straightforward to use efficiently by trained personnel

Familiarity: it relies on existing bag and mask techniques that are familiar

Reliability: it provides equivalent ventilation function and enhanced oral suctioning

Design: lightweight, high quality materials and size to fit adult patient characteristics

Performance: integrates seamlessly with ventilation bags and suction tubing

Training: provided by online information, video and animation resources

What size of anaesthetic mask is included?

A size 5, which can be removed and replaced with a smaller or larger mask if required

What level of pressure and seal can be achieved during 'Bag and Mask' ventilation?

Up to 30cmH2O

Could I overtighten the two tension-controlled neck drawstrings?

They are designed to function safely for neck sizes ranging from 12 inches and above. They have two knots in the elasticated cord that prevent overtightening and have specific toggles and draw strings to also prevent overtightening.

Can I easily release the two draw strings?

They are designed for very quick release and are simple to use.

What if I pull draw string 2 ahead of draw string 1?

This will not cause in difference in how you achieve an adequate closure around the neck.

Could the neck draw strings obstruct the upper airway or block the flow of blood?

Even when tightened to maximum tension, ultrasound experiments show no obstruction of the trachea, larynx or carotid arteries. Venous flow through the internal jugular veins is reduced by about 80 percent. This has not been shown to cause measurable physiological or neurological changes during testing over 5-10 minute periods. It is advised to not use the hood if brain injury or raised intracranial pressure is suspected.

What contra-indications are there to the use of the CPR hood?

1. Contraindicated in major head and neck injuries and where raised intracranial pressure is suspected. 

2. For adult or large adolescent use only.

3. Not to be used in situations of extreme heat or fire.

Are there any risks of allergy to materials in the device?

There are no commonly recognised allergy generating materials in the exposed components of the hood. The elasticated draw strings do contain latex, but this latex is enclosed by the cord covering and by the textile draw string channels and is not in direct contact with the patient’s skin.