William L. Hawley

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Mechanical ventilators are designed to generate alarms when patients become disconnected or experience other critical ventilator events. However, these alarms can blend in with other accustomed sounds of the intensive care unit. Ventilator alarms that go unnoticed for extended periods of time often result in permanent patient harm or death. We developed a(More)
The alarms generated by mechanical ventilators when patients become disconnected can blend in with other typical sounds of the intensive care unit. Ventilator alarms that go unnoticed for extended periods of time often result in permanent patient harm or death. We developed a unit-wide system to monitor ventilator disconnection alarms. When a disconnection(More)
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