Ambu Inc., the world leader in single-use endoscopy, is celebrating the 65th birthday of its iconic invention, the Ambu Bag, the ubiquitous, lifesaving tool that has helped more than 45 million people breathe in the last 10 years alone.
The Ambu Bag has come to define the self-inflating manual resuscitation device that is part of the standard kit carried by first responders. Called a “quintessential piece of equipment,” the Ambu Bag is found in ambulances and throughout hospitals, from the ER to the OR and most places in between. This simple, easy-to-use device is synonymous with manual resuscitators, which essentially push air or oxygen into the lungs, a process known as “bagging” the patient. The Ambu Bag is the first resuscitator that worked without a battery or an oxygen supply.
“More than six decades after it first hit the market, the Ambu Bag remains a vital tool to address emerging health emergencies,” said Allan Jensen, Ambu’s vice president, sales anesthesia. “When the COVID-19 global pandemic struck, Ambu Bags became a constant on the front line in intensive care units around the world. And, Ambu Bags have also won newfound purpose helping to revive overdose victims throughout the opioid crisis.”