Clinical Alarm Design

The problem isn't "alarm fatigue", it's alarms' low informativeness of patient status and needs.

We research and design and clinical alarm systems that reflect the events they signal and support physician and clinician sensemaking.

Recent Publications

Rayo, M.F.; Patterson, E.; Abdel-Rasoul, M.; & Moffatt-Bruce, S. (2019). Using timbre to improve performance of larger auditory alarm sets. Ergonomics. 62. 1-33. 10.1080/00140139.2019.1676473. 

Horwood, C.; Fitzgerald, M.; Moffatt-Bruce, S.; & Rayo, M.F. (2019). Methods for Utilizing Multidisciplinary Team to Create Novel Visual Alarm Designs That Improve Recognition of Patient Decompensation and Alarm Response. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care. 8. 257-260. 10.1177/2327857919081060. 

Fitzgerald, M.; Rayo, M.F.; Reynolds, M.; Abdel-Rasoul, M.; & Moffatt-Bruce, S. (2019). The Importance of Testing Sets of Clinical Alarm Sounds and Navigating Tradeoffs to Translate Research Findings into Implementation. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care. 8. 67-71. 10.1177/2327857919081015. 

Reynolds, M.; Rayo, M.F.; Fitzgerald, M.; Abdel-Rasoul, M.; & Moffat-Bruce, S. (2019). Guidance for Custom Alarm Design: You Don’t Have to “Crank it up to 11”. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care. 8. 142-145. 10.1177/2327857919081034. 

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