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Journal Article

Frequency of passive EHR alerts in the ICU: another form of alert fatigue?

Kizzier-Carnahan V, Artis KA, Mohan V, et al. Journal of patient safety. 2019;15:246-250.

This study found that laboratory values designated as "abnormal" or "panic" in the electronic health record, which are considered passive alerts, are very common for patients in the intensive care unit. The authors suggest that these passive alerts contribute to the pervasive problem of alert fatigue in the intensive care unit.