December 4, 2019

Effective Management of Ventilator Technology

The keys to effective ventilator management can be found in procurement, training, and the use of a team approach between RTs, clinicians, and the hospital biotechnology workers who keep the machines up and running.

By Chris Hayhurst

Theresa Bugbee, a biomedical equipment technician at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, sees each of her hospital’s ventilators at least twice a year for preventive maintenance and scheduled testing. While she’ll occasionally find something in need of repair, it’s relatively rare. More common, in her experience, are the calls from clinicians, or from respiratory therapy technicians, when a problem comes

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