The Baska Mask and all the associated products were designed by Australian Anaesthetist Dr Kanag Baska and Dr Meena Baska.
The Baska Mask is manufactured in Morisset NSW Australia.
The silicone moulding is performed in Melbourne Australia.
Minor plastic components are manufactured in Australia and overseas.
Yes the Baska Mask has CE 0805 certification.
The Lot number and use by date are found on the packaging. The format for the date is YYYY-MM-DD.
The Baska Balum can be sterilised and reused. It is manufactured from materials that can be autoclaved 60 times.
The Baska Mask, Baska FESS, Baska EBUS and the Baska Bronchoscopy adaptor are all single use.
Yes the Baska Bronchoscope Adaptor is compatible with a standard 19mm connector.
The Baska EBUS and Baska Bronchoscope Adaptor is compatible with all bronchoscopes and EBUS scopes. It can be used with both single use and re-usable bronchoscopes. The valve will accommodate small diameter paediatric scopes as well as large diameter diagnostic and EBUS bronchoscopes.
A traditional swivel connector has a septum to seal the airway when the bronchoscope is in use. A plug must be inserted into the septum to seal the port when the bronchoscope is removed.
The Baska Bronchoscopy Adaptor has a septum to seal the airway when the bronchoscope is used as well as a valve to seal the adaptor when the bronchoscope is removed. The cap is only used during induction and wakeup.
The cap on the EBUS bronchoscopy adaptor totally occludes the outlet creating an airtight seal. It is recommended that the cap is replaced at induction and during wakeup to prevent any leak through the bronchoscope port. When the cap is removed a very small amount of gas may escape through the valve but you can easily ventilate the patient. There is no need to replace the cap every time the bronchoscope is removed.
In practice, a well-lubricated Baska Mask can be easily inserted without using the insertion tab. Pulling the tab increases the curvature of the Baska Mask to facilitate insertion in patients with difficult anatomy.
The Baska Mask has a membranous cuff that relies on the elasticity of the silicone to create a seal during spontaneous respiration. During positive pressure ventilation the cuff is inflated by the inspired gas. The seal pressure from the membranous cuff increases during inspiration and decreases during expiration.
The Baska Mask, Baska FESS, Baska EBUS and Baska Bronchoscopy Adaptor are manufactured in an ISO certified medical cleanroom and are supplied sterile.
The Baska Balum is manufactured in a medical cleanroom and must be autoclaved before each use.
The Baska Mask and the bronshoscopy adaptor is manufactured from plastic and silicone rubber. They are latex free.
The Baska Mask is made from unpigmented Medical Grade Silicone with plastic connectors. The silicone rubber does not contain BPA or phthalates.
Silicone rubber can be recycled by breaking it down and producing silicone oil that is used as an industrial lubricant. At this time there are recycling facilities in the UK and USA.
The Baska Mask is not designed for blind insertion of an endotracheal tube.
The sump suction consists of a suction port that is connected to medical suction. Air is drawn in through the air intake, circulates through the sump and exits through the suction port. Gastric contents and secretions can enter the sump cavity through the distal oesophageal aperture or via the posterior sump cavity apertures. The sump is continually cleared alerting the clinician if reflux of gastric content occurs. The suction also clears secretions or blood from the surgical field during nasal surgery.
Yes, connecting suction when the Baska Mask is removed will clear the airway of any secretions when it is removed.
Silicone rubber has a high coefficient of friction so lubrication is necessary for easy insertion.
Lubricating both the front and the back of the mask with water soluble gel will ensure the mask slides easily on the tongue and mucosa of the oropharynx. Any difficulty during insertion is usually due to inadequate lubrication.
The lumen of the Baska EBUS requires lubrication before use. A small amount of medical grade silicone lubricant sprayed into the Baska EBUS is all that is required. Spraying the lubricant when the Baska Mask is contained within the packaging will prevent overspray.