PERSONAL BAGGAGE
A Tale of Marriage, Medicine and Murder

What does 'Ventilator' mean?

Find out what Ventilator means. Ventilator is explained by Margaret McMillion - author of PERSONAL BAGGAGE

Ventilator

A ventilator is sometimes referred to as a respirator. Brunner’s Textbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing states that a ventilator “…is dictated when a patient is unable to maintain safe levels of arterial carbon dioxide and oxygen by spontaneous breathing. Patient survival is higher when artificial ventilation is started early in the course of developing respiratory failure.” Artificial ventilation is frequently necessary after cardiac arrest and resuscitation until a determination of brain function can be made.

In a hospital the ventilator is programmed and maintained by a respiratory therapist in consultation with the patient’s doctor. An endotracheal (ET) tube, which maintains an airway from the patient’s mouth down into his trachea, must be in place and secured to his face, and an ambu bag and an extra ET tube must be at the bedside because the patient will die if the ET tube comes out or the ventilator fails to ventilate.

Nursing care of a ventilator patient is complicated and demands a nurse who is specially trained in its specific requirements.

On page 175 in PERSONAL BAGGAGE Dixiana’s respiratory therapist inserts an ET tube and hooks up a ventilator to a patient in respiratory failure.

In PERSONAL BAGGAGE one of the critical care nurses relieving Penny asks her whether she has been left to take care of a ventilator patient by herself.

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Chapter 5: Chapter Five
"...ventilatorNG POLICY UPDATE. EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY. UNIT SCHEDULING WILL CONTINUE AS BEFORE WITH ONE RN AND ONE LPN EACH SHIFT, BUT THE UNIT WILL BE STAFFED ACCORDING TO PATIENT ACUITY. NURSING SUPERVISORS WILL ADJUST STAFFING AS FOLLOWS: IF THERE ARE NO PATIENTS AND ONLY TELEMETRY MONITORING IS REQUIRED, A LICENSED ..."

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Chapter 17: Chapter Seventeen
"...“Thank you, Doctor.” Penny broke the connection and called Respiratory, spitting out her words in ragged bursts. “I’m getting a patient into CCU from 327: Mrs. Baucom—she needs STAT blood ­gasses—probably a ventilator—and she’s got labs ordered, so please draw extra blood and take it to the lab.” ..."
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"... to the Unit. Suddenly, the door slammed open and bedlam exploded into CCU. Rebecca and the nursing tech propelled Mrs. Baucom’s bed alongside the Unit bed. Mr. Hockney followed, carrying the STAT blood gas results in one hand, shoving a ventilator in front of him with the other. Penny and ..."
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"... when Rebecca squeezed the bag. “Faint on the left, pull back a little.” Mr. Hockney repositioned his tube and inflated the balloon, then listened for himself. “Bag her while I hook up the ventilator,” he said. Reaching for the ambu bag, Penny said, “Thanks, Rebecca. You did great! ..."
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"... to your patients.” Dr. Scales, holding the new lab values run on blood from Mr. Hockney’s arterial stick, walked to his unconscious patient’s bed. Mrs. Baucom’s facial muscles were relaxed as the ventilator filled her lungs with the oxygen she had craved all day. “Her condition has ..."

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Chapter 20: Chapter Twenty
"...“Buck’s been with us for about two months. Um, he’s had neuro and ortho and abdominal surgeries...I see seven surgical summaries in his chart. He’s on a ventilator and won’t cooperate, so it’s hard to evaluate his mental status. We’re sending the chart summary and his latest labs and X-rays. He’s got an IV with half normal saline at 25 cc’s an hour and a continuous tube feeding. ..."
"...“You’ll need to set up a ventilator. We started weaning him several days ago, but Dr. Scales made us stop. He said he wanted to keep him on the vent until he got him back to your CCU. Don’t ask me why! Buck’s ready to breathe on his own—in fact, we’ve had ..."
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"... When the ambulance arrived, the respiratory therapist set the ventilator in Demand Mode so that Buck could initiate a breath himself. The ventilator allowed him to inhale and then it pushed the right amount of oxygenated air into his lungs. If Buck failed to breathe, the ventilator would alarm. ..."
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"... failed to breathe, the ventilator would alarm. Penny performed the admitting assessment, making sure the IV, tube feeding, and ventilator settings were right, then she assembled his chart and processed his orders, dreading Dr. Scales’s visit. Buck was asleep when Dr. Scales unlocked the ..."
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"... IV morphine in 2 mg increments until he relaxed. When the two night-shift nurses sat down with Penny in the break room for Report, one of them asked, “Did they leave you in here by yourself all day with a ventilator patient?” “He didn’t get here until this afternoon and ..."
"...“He didn’t get here until this afternoon and Respiratory set up the ventilator,” Penny said. “Buck’s had surgery to drain blood clots from his brain and to repair hip, arm, and leg fractures. He’s been on a ventilator because of rib fractures and pneumonia, but the Jacksonville nurse said he’s ready to be weaned. I guess they’ll start taking ..."
"...Suddenly the monitor alarm sounded. Then the ventilator alarm blared. All three nurses dashed to Buck’s bedside. His screen displayed a straight line. Penny pressed the electrodes against his chest, but they were already in contact. His face was pale grey, and she could not locate his carotid pulse. ..."
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"... was pale grey, and she could not locate his carotid pulse. Penny ran for the crash cart. “Call a code! He’s a full code,” she yelled. One of the nurses disconnected the ET tube from the ventilator and began to bag Buck. They had defibrillated three times without success, and were ..."
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"... picked up speed and become regular beats. The respiratory therapist took over, changed the ventilator settings, and reconnected Buck’s ET tube to the breathing machine. “He’s not assisting. I’ve set the ventilator to do it all for him.” In winter, light came at seven and left at ..."
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"... his jaw muscles flexing. Penny spread her arms and gripped the edge of the table. “I think Dr. Scales kept Buck on a ventilator until he moved him back here so he could kill him and keep him from telling who ran his motorcycle off the road.” “Okay, calm down.” Johnny said. ..."
"...Buck’s face, grey against white hospital sheets, flashed through Penny’s mind, and she heard again and again the alarms from the monitor and the ventilator. Anxious to talk with Flossie Mae, to ask why Buck was guarded by the police, and to tell her about last night, Penny searched for the slip of paper with Flossie Mae’s phone number. She looked in her purse, her car, and everywhere she thought she might ..."

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