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Alarms: Transforming a Nuisance into a Reliable Tool

  • G. Murias
  • B. Sales
  • L. Blanch

Abstract

Up to 77% of admissions to medical intensive care units (ICUs) take place, at least in part, for monitoring purposes, even though only 10% of the patients monitored will subsequently have indications for major interventions [1]. Modern ICU equipment takes advantage of a wide range of technologies to track physiological variables in order to detect changes that could be life-threatening. As response time is a key issue, most of these devices are equipped with a more or less sophisticated set of alarms that alert intensivists, nurses or respiratory therapists about changes that could represent a risk to patients.

Keywords

False Alarm Expert System Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Pulse Oximeter Pulse Pressure Variation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Murias
    • 1
  • B. Sales
    • 2
  • L. Blanch
    • 3
  1. 1.Intensive Care UnitClinica Bazterrica and Clinica Santa IsabelBuenos AiresArgentina
  2. 2.University Institute Parc PauliSabadellSpain
  3. 3.Critical Care CenterInstitut Universitari Parc PauliSabadellSpain

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