You may here different kinds of alarms in the hospital

Monitor alarms will sound when heart rate, respiratory rate or oxygen saturation fall outside an acceptable range

Medication pump alarms will sound to notify staff that a treatment or infusion is complete

Ventilator alarms will sound to notify staff of a disruption in the circuit or a change in the delivered support. Staff in the NICU/PICU set alarms to go off at the slightest change and before a serious problem arises. This may cause false alarms at times, but it allows us to observe your child closely. Alarms may also be observed from the nursing station.

Bed and chair alarms will sound to notify a healthcare provider of activity of a patient in their bed/chair

Patient safety alarms sound to notify healthcare providers that there is motion through the doorways.

ambu bag

an inflatable bag connected to oxygen that a doctor, nurse or respiratory therapist can use to help you breathe

apgar score

A newborn baby's first test. Given one minute after a baby is born, then again five minutes later. The Apgar assesses the newborn's appearance (skin color), pulse, grimace (reflex), activity (muscle tone), and respiration. A perfect Apgar score is ten; typical Apgar scores are seven, eight, or nine.

arterial Line

catheter (tube) that goes into the artery in your arm or leg to monitor your blood pressure and take blood samples

flexible catheter inserted into an artery of the arm or leg to allow the continuous monitoring of blood pressure and the sampling of arterial blood to ensure adequacy of oxygen and carbon dioxide levels

Attending Physician


staff physician who oversees your medical care

axillary temperature

temperature that is taken by placing thermometer under your arm