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Hallinan JT. Post-Gazette.com. June 21, 2005.
This article summarizes the history of patient safety improvement in anesthesia and its impact on malpractice claims and costs within that specialty.
BBC News. August 9, 2005.
This article reports on a prototype electronic wristband that checks medications against a patient's prescription.
Fabregas L. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. May 19, 2006.
This article reports on a system implemented at two hospitals that allows patients or families to initiate a "code" when a patient's condition raises serious concerns.
Kowalczyk L. Boston Globe. February 21, 2010.
This news account discusses a patient death after a heart monitor alarm was inadvertently turned off. Hospital and device safety experts weigh in on strategies to prevent these types of errors.
Kowalczyk L. Boston Globe. December 29, 2011.
This newspaper article reports on heart monitor use in the hospital and how it affects patient care.
Ryan J. All Things Considered. National Public Radio. October 16, 2013.
This radio news segment reports on patient falls, including risk factors and prevention strategies.
Kowalczyk L. Boston Globe. February 13–14, 2011.
Kowalczyk L. Boston Globe. September 21, 2011.
Reporting on a patient death involving alarm fatigue, this newspaper article describes how one hospital adopted aggressive measures to prevent similar incidents.
Knox R. Morning Edition. National Public Radio. January 27, 2014.
Olson J. Star Tribune. February 9, 2015.
McFarling UL. STAT. September 7, 2016.
Intensive care units (ICUs) are complex environments that harbor various challenges to safe care delivery. Reporting on alarm fatigue and insufficient interoperability between devices in ICUs, this news article describes solutions to address data overload and highlights the efforts of several hospitals working toward developing ICUs that are more respectful of patients and the clinical teams caring for them.
Landro L. Wall Street Journal. January 4, 2016.
Alert fatigue is a well-known problem in hospitals. This newspaper article reports on efforts to reduce unnecessary alarms in hospitals to prevent staff from overlooking critical alerts. Highlighting strategies such as using secondary notification systems and recalibrating alerts according to the severity of physiologic change, the article also describes organizational guidelines to improve alarm safety. A recent WebM&M commentary explored how alarm fatigue can result in patient harm.
Luthra S. Kaiser Health News. June 15, 2016.
Alert fatigue is known to contribute to medical error. This news article reports on the problem of clinically irrelevant alarms overwhelming clinicians and what hospitals and health information technology vendors are doing to decrease them. Strategies include applying human factors engineering concepts to alert triggers and designing spaces to reduce alarm-associated interruptions and fatigue.