A nurse enters her patient's room to address the ventilator alarm. The alarm is due to low-pressure in the ventilator closed-system. After unsuccessfully determining the cause, the nurse should:


•If the ventilator alarm is sounding and the cause is not determined, the nurse should disconnect the ventilator and begin manual ventilation until the problem is solved.

•At this point, it is assumed that an assessment has already taken place because the nurse has unsuccessfully determined the cause of the alarm. Also, the patient should already be on continuous oximetry while on a ventilator, so this answer choice is incorrect.

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