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SCCM Pod-360 Alarm and Alert Fatigue in Critical Care

Todd Fraser, MD, speaks with Bradford D. Winters, PhD, MD, FCCM, about alarm and alert fatigue in critical care. Alarm fatigue is the desensitization that clinicians experience to frequent alarms, particularly those that do not provide useful clinical information, or false alarms. Dr. Winters discusses the psychology of alarm fatigue, associated risks, and the growing need to filter alarms to reduce the impact of alarm fatigue on providers, patients, and families without missing true events. Dr. Winters is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins, and a core faculty member of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality in Baltimore, Maryland. Crit Care Med. 2018; 46(1):130-137. Crit Care Med. 2017; 45(9):1481-1488. Published: 2/15/2018



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