Thursday, November 02, 2006

Troubleshooting Ventilators Alarm

1. Low pressure alarm, may mean:

a. Tube disconnection- Reconnect tube ventilator
b. ET tube displaced- Check tube placement; reposition tube if needed. If extubation or displacement has occured, ventilate patient manually.
c. Ventilator malfunction- Disconnect patient from ventilator and ventilate manually, if necessary. Obtain another ventilator.
d. Leak in ventilator circuitry- Make sure all connectionsa are intact. Check for holes or leaks in tubing. Check humidification jar and replace if cracked.

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