Alarms: Transforming a Nuisance into a Reliable Tool
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 . 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.
KeywordsFalse Alarm Expert System Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Pulse Oximeter Pulse Pressure Variation
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