Hospital alarms may fail to alert caregivers of emergencies

Published March 17, 2017


An article on Medical Xpress about “alarm fatigue,” the idea that nurses or doctors can become desensitized to the nonstop cacophony of beeps that patient-monitoring devices make, reports a UB-led research team is developing a computer-based tool to identify these auditory blind spots, and quotes Matthew Bolton, assistant professor of industrial and systems engineering.

"It's an important but understudied problem. When you have a hodgepodge of different machines from different vendors, everything is sort of thrown together without much thought given to the coordination of them," he said.

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An article also appeared on (e)Science News.