The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2010 OPEN FORUM Abstracts


John W. Newhart; Resp Care, UCSD Medical Center, San Diego, CA

Background: Training of clinical staff on various pieces of emergency medical equipment stockpiled for a local disaster is a daunting task. In the event of an actual disaster, staff will be called upon to use equipment they are not familiar with. To test the viability of minimal “just in time” education for this ventilator we embarked upon this study. We tested staff to see if they could set up and run a ventilator they were not familiar with using only minimal printed instructions and their own experience Methods: Participants were randomly chosen with the only criteria being that they worked in our department as a Respiratory Therapist, were at work on the days the testing took place and had no prior experience or training with this ventilator (HT-50, Newport Medical Costa Mesa CA). The test consisted of assembling the ventilator circuit and blender then connecting it to a test lung. Participants were given a single sheet of written instructions with ventilator settings. .They could also use any instructions printed on the ventilator by the manufacturer. I timed each staff member from the time they started to assemble the circuit and blender until they had the ventilator successfully deliver 2 breaths with no alarms sounding. Results: A total of 15 RT’s participated in the test. The shortest length of time it took to complete the test was 2 min. 41 sec. the longest 7 min. 36 sec. and the average time was 4 min. 53 sec. Discussion: Based on this sampling of staff that were tested, it appears that with a relatively simple ventilator such as the HT-50 and minimal well written instructions that Respiratory Therapists would likely be successful using this equipment as it was intended. Sponsored Research - None