Mechanical Ventilation Alarm Safety

 Published: February 12, 2020

By: Addie Schiefer


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As part of the Big Ideas Theater 2019, Associate Professor, Director of Clinical Education at Rush University Brady Scott, MSc, RRT, RRT-ACCS, AE-C, FAARC, discusses mechanical ventilation alarm safety and how the sounds you hear in a medical setting could be changing.

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Scott explains how RTs can experience what is called alarm fatigue, where medical staff and even patients become desensitized to the constant sound of alarms from different medical devices. Scott goes on to explain that a large percentage of alarms are not actionable, meaning they don’t require the RT to take any action and that the machine is self-resolving. He also discusses how the changing of alarms sounds, tones, and even adding lighting and words can help RTs differentiate what’s a serious alarm, allowing them to take better care of their patients.

Big Ideas Theater 2019 was filmed at the AARC Congress 2019 in New Orleans, LA. Congress speakers and lecturers shared their expertise and insights during these brief interviews.

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Addie Schiefer

Addie Schiefer is the Communications Specialist for the AARC where she creates engaging content for the association via the AARC website, newsletters, and social media. Connect with her about potential stories on LinkedIn. When she’s not working, you can find her listening to a true crime podcast, traveling to new places with her husband, hanging out with her dog JoJo, or browsing the aisles of the nearest Target.