Are All Those Hospital Alarms Really Necessary?
Medical devices monitoring patients send off alerts when something is not quite right. Heart rate is off – beep. Low pulse – beep beep. Ventilator seems to be malfunctioning – another alarm. IV medication bag almost empty – more beeps.
As urgent as these alarms sound – they usually don’t indicate a true emergency. Hospitals and researchers are trying to find ways to cut through the noise. Maiken Scott from The Pulse at Here & Now contributor WHYY in Philadelphia reports.
- Maiken Scott, host of The Pulse from WHYY in Philadelphia. She tweets @MaikenScott.
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