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Congratulations to Mustafa for the Best Paper Award at PervasiveHealth 2016 for our paper discussing cognitive heuristics as a way to mitigate alarm fatigue in the Intensive Care Unit

  • M. Hussain, J. Dewey, and N. Weibel, “Mitigating Medical Alarm Fatigue with Cognitive Heuristics,” in Proceedings of PervasiveHealth 2016, 10th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare, Cancun, Mexico, 2016.

Automated patient monitoring systems suffer from several design problems. Among them, alarm fatigue is one of the most critical issues, as evidenced by the Sentinel Event Alert that The Joint Commission – the U.S. hospital-accrediting body – recently issued. In this study, we explore fast-and-frugal heuristics that may be used to prioritize patient alarms, while continuing to monitor patient physiological state. By using a combination of human factors methodologies and the theory of Distributed Cognition (DCog), we studied alarm fatigue and its relationship to the underlying hospital systems. We identified three specific factors that we envision to be helpful for clinical personnel: ventilator presence, number of intravenous drips, and number of medications. We discuss their application in daily hospital operation.

PervasiveHealth 2016 – 10th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare



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