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Theatre monitor alarm settings: a pilot survey in Scotland and Belgium.
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PMID:  10215714     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The use of alarms on operating theatre equipment was explored in a questionnaire to anaesthetists in Belgium and Scotland. They were presented with a scenario of a fit male having an anaesthetic for an abdominal operation. The overall response rate was 72%, giving 100 records for analysis. The responses from Scottish and Belgian anaesthetists were similar except for views on setting an upper limit for systolic arterial pressure; Scottish anaesthetists seemed relatively unwilling to set an upper systolic arterial pressure limit. Beyond this, the respondents considered alarms to be a method of detecting problems before they occur and they readjust alarms for each patient. They would set systolic arterial pressure alarms 30 mmHg above and below the patients normal pressure, the heart rate alarms 30 bpm above and 20 bpm below the actual rate, and the peripheral oxygen saturation lower alarm limit to 90%.
A J Asbury; G Rolly
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Multicenter Study    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Anaesthesia     Volume:  54     ISSN:  0003-2409     ISO Abbreviation:  Anaesthesia     Publication Date:  1999 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-06-04     Completed Date:  1999-06-04     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370524     Medline TA:  Anaesthesia     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  176-80     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
University Dept of Anaesthesia, The Western Infirmary, Dumbarton Road, Glasgow G11 6NT, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Abdomen / surgery
Anesthesia, General / instrumentation*
Blood Pressure Monitors
Equipment Failure
Heart Rate
Monitoring, Intraoperative / instrumentation*
Operating Rooms*
Oxygen / blood
Pilot Projects
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