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Semipractical alarms: a parable.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2769318     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Current alarms protect the manufactures of medical equipment from liability but do little to improve the quality of patient care. Existing alarms are so intrusive that the response of the anesthesiologist and others in the operating room is to want the offensive noise to go away, rather than to address potentially life-threatening situations. Alarms need to be refined so that only those whose attention is required (e.g., the anesthesiologist) are disturbed. It should always be immediately clear which particular variable is outside accepted limits, and alarms for different variables should operate independently so that if one alarm fails, others will still work.
M L Quinn
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of clinical monitoring     Volume:  5     ISSN:  0748-1977     ISO Abbreviation:  J Clin Monit     Publication Date:  1989 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1989-09-29     Completed Date:  1989-09-29     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8506707     Medline TA:  J Clin Monit     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  196-200     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Anestheia, University of California, San Diego 92161.
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MeSH Terms
Anesthesia, General / instrumentation*
Equipment Design
Equipment Failure
Monitoring, Physiologic / instrumentation*
Signal Processing, Computer-Assisted / instrumentation*

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