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Journal Article > Commentary
Thimbleby H, Lewis A, Williams J. Clin Med. 2015;15:258-262.
Design weaknesses for medical devices can remain unrecognized due to insufficient reporting and the tendency to place blame on the user rather than question whether the equipment functioned appropriately. Discussing flaws in health IT design and how they can contribute to patient harm, this commentary advocates for enhanced reporting of device-related incidents to raise awareness about risks and enable learning from errors.
Journal Article > Review
Bach TA, Berglund L, Turk E. BMJ Open Qual. 2018;7:e000202.
Alarm fatigue limits the utility of physiologic monitoring devices intended to keep hospitalized patients safe. The authors conducted a literature review and interviewed experts to identify best practices to optimize device alarms. They present a step-by-step guide to alarm improvement that incorporates a human factors engineering approach.