The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2006 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

REVIEW OF FIVE MANUFACTURER'S WEB BASED RESOURCES FOR MECHANICAL VENTILATION

Bruce C. Burns RRT/RPFT, MA (Philosophy), North Colorado Medical Center , Banner Health, Greeley , Colorado

Background: Web based resources are frequently mentioned as a solution to "just in time" learning needs as well as for ongoing clinical training. Hypothesis - there is a wide variance in the quality and type of information available from ventilator manufacturers on the web.

Method: An inspection survey of five major ventilator manufacturers was performed using four elements: 1) product manuals, 2) quick reference guides, 3) site search engine, and 4) ongoing education. Each site was inspected to determine a yes/no answer to the availability of each element in reference to mechanical ventilators.

Results:



There is a variance in availability of materials on these websites with no sites allowing access to product manuals and only 2 sites having quick reference guides.

Conclusions: The study is limited due to a very small sample size.  No statistical inferences can be made; therefore the results are qualitative in nature. Product manuals and quick reference guides are not generally available, which may limit the usefulness of the sites as a source of "just in time" knowledge. Manufacturers hopefully will improve these features so the websites have greater clinical utility. Further surveys on a wider variety of sites and a wider scope of equipment are a potential follow on area of research. Development of a tool to assess the utility and functionality of the websites and the quality of the information is another intriguing challenge.

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