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3: Operating the Device


The Efficia DFM100 provides various types of alarms indicating changes in patient condition or
device/cable conditions that may require attention. Alarms conditions are based on comparisons
against preset limits and algorithm results. The Efficia DFM100 breaks alarms into different
categories. See
Physiological Alarm: An alarm, detected while in a clinical mode, resulting from a patient-related
parameter being monitored.
detected in non-clinical modes.
Technical Alarm: An alarm resulting from an equipment-related issue.
Alarms are either latching or non-latching:
Latching: The alarm remains active regardless if the alarm condition continues to exist or not. A
latching alarm is not removed until the condition no longer exists and it is acknowledged.
Non-Latching: The Efficia DFM100 automatically removes the alarm when the alarm condition no
longer exists.
Table 2
High Priority
Medium Priority
Low Priority
NOTES: The presence of multiple alarm conditions at the same time is quite possible. To avoid confusion and
to make sure a less serious condition does not hide a more serious condition, the Efficia DFM100
prioritizes and categorizes alarms so the highest priority alarm condition is announced. If multiple
same-parameter, same-priority alarms occur, all alarms are displayed one at a time.
Physiological alarms are not detected or displayed in a non-clinical mode. Only technical alarms are
displayed in non-clinical modes.
Alarm Types
Alarm Type
is an example of a physiological alarm. These alarms are not
An immediate response is required. A
life-threatening alarm condition is present. A red
alarm message is displayed and an alarm tone
sounds. High priority red alarms are latching.
Prompt response is required. A non-life-threatening
alarm condition exists. A yellow alarm message is
displayed and an alarm tone sounds. Medium
priority alarms are latching or non-latching
depending on your device's configuration, except
two Pacer-related alarms that are latching all the
time. See
Table 32 "General Settings"
Awareness is required. A non-life-threatening alarm
condition exists. A cyan alarm message is displayed
and an alarm tone sounds. Low priority cyan alarms
are non-latching.
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