CPR manikin use

To make training more effective and realistic, manikins are used for skills practice in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) classes.

You will breathe air into the manikin to practice rescue breathing and the manikin chest will rise, because there is a lung bag (airway) inside. You will do chest compressions (push on the manikin chest the proper way) to practice getting blood flowing during CPR practice. You will push on the manikin to try to force out something the manikin is choking on.

A pocket mask is required for some classes, but not for others. It’s the device for rescue breathing with the one-way valve so your breaths go into the victim, but their escaping breath doesn’t give you germs.

pocket mask:

The proper use of manikins has never been shown to transmit a bacterial, fungal or viral disease.

Some manikins have separate “faces” for each student, some do not. At De Anza we have separate faces for all the adult/child and infant sized manikins. We ask students to bring a gallon zip lock bag or other plastic bag to put their “face” in for the duration of the class. This way when you put your mouth on the face, it is only your own germs you touch.

faces in plastic bags:

Please remove lipstick as it can stain the faces and do not eat during class as food particles can be blown into the lung bags. Please, no gum chewing.

This website page is not meant to completely teach you how to do the cleaning or how to put a manikin together. You don’t have to memorize all this. It is just to help make you more familiar with the procedure when we get around to doing it in class.

If we ever had a shortage of faces, for the manikins without separate faces the face area must be cleaned (decontaminated) between use by each student. The instructor’s manual says:

“Properly decontaminate manikins during class: Between use by students (even when breathing barriers are used) and after demonstrations by the instructor, the manikin’s face and the inside of its mouth should be wiped vigorously. Use a clean, absorbent material (e.g., 4X4-inch liquid household chlorine bleach and water) or with 70 percent alcohol (isopropanol or ethanol). The surfaces should remain wet for at least 30 seconds before they are wiped with a second piece of clean, absorbent material. “

To set up a manikin for use we put in a lung bag. Lift up the chest.

The lung bag airway end goes into the neck area; if it is too low the face will not attach properly.

If you have trouble getting the lung bag airway end in you can CAREFULLY slip out the jaw.

manikin jaw slips out:

side view airway placement:

Yes → proper placement airway:

No → improper placement airway:

the other end of the lung bag attaches to a hook on the manikin.

airway pegged in: lung bag in place:

(Flip the chest back into place after installing the lung bag.)

When you turn an adult face inside out you will see a white knob.

front and inside view face:

manikin face:

When you attach the face, the white knob on the inside of the face must meet the end of the lung bag. If it does not meet properly the air you breathe in will not go through. If the face is not located properly, the face will look odd when it is attached. If it has high cheekbones, remove it and try again.

right → manikin face on correctly:

wrong! → manikin face on wrong:

wrong! manikin face on really wrong:

When you first try breathing air in you should breathe hard enough to see the chest rise, but not so hard as to rupture the lung bag!

When the manikins are taken apart at the end of each class session, the white knob on the inside of the face should not be thrown away, but the whole lung bag should be.


At De Anza each CPR student gets his/her own adult/child and if appropriate, infant manikin
face, so potential germs will not be shared. The Red Cross notes that if a class does not have separate manikins you should request a separate training manikin if you have if you have a condition that
would increase your risk or other participants’ risk of exposure to infections, such as an acute condition, hepatitis B, positive blood test for anti-human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), have had a positive blood test for hepatitis C or have a condition that makes you unusually likely to get an infection. If any of these seem to apply to you, read Red Cross manikin use guidelines

The Red Cross also says:

You can “protect yourself and other participants from infection by following these guidelines:

¦ Wash your hands thoroughly before participating in class activities.

¦ Do not eat, drink, use tobacco products or chew gum during class.

¦ Clean the manikin properly before use.

¦ For some manikins, this means vigorously wiping the manikin’s face and the inside of its mouth with a clean gauze pad soaked with either a fresh solution of liquid chlorine bleach and water (1/4 cup sodium hypochlorite per gallon of tap water) or rubbing alcohol. The surfaces should remain wet for at least 1 minute before they are wiped dry with a second piece of clean, absorbent material.

¦ For other manikins, it means changing the manikin’s face. Your instructor will provide you with instructions for cleaning the type of manikin used in your class.

¦ Follow the guidelines from your instructor when practicing skills such as clearing a blocked airway with your finger.”