Take Precautions with Audible Alarms on Ventilators
MedSun: Newsletter #65, October 2011
FDA Medical Device Safety
In 2010, the FDA received over 2,500 adverse event reports associated with ventilator use. About a third of these events indicated an alarm-related issue. Although some of these alarm-related adverse event reports reflected deteriorating patient condition, indicating that the ventilator alarms had functioned appropriately, many indicated preventable audible ventilator alarm malfunctions or human error.
FDA Medical Device Safety. Take Precautions with Audible Alarms on Ventilators. September 6, 2011.