You are giving a bed bath to your intubated patient. The ventilator begins alarming loudly. After identifying your patient is not in distress, what should your next action be?

 

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- Check the display to see why the ventilator is alarming

- Immediately administer O2 breaths

- Quickly finish the bed bath

- Suction immediately

Rationale

You must first assess the problem to know how to address it appropriately. During a bed bath many things can cause a ventilator to alarm: the tubing may become kinked or disconnected, mucous may have shifted in the tubing, the patient's respiratory rate could significantly increase, and more. First, assess, then decide, then intervene.

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