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UC collaborates to improve clinical alarms in hospitals

Narrator:       This is Science Today. Experts at the University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing are working with clinical alarm manufacturers to develop smarter devices for hospital intensive care units. Cardiac monitoring expert Barbara Drew says this is part of a national push to lessen what's called "alarm fatigue," in which clinicians start to tune out the sounds due to a high incidence of false alarms.

Drew:             We are in communication with the manufacturers, the engineer scientists in the research and development departments, as well as we have hired here in the School of Nursing a professor in biomedical engineering who's working with our group. And we're going to develop some of the algorithms here that we think are smarter and test them with formal robust research methods so that we figure out a real way to move this forward and to mitigate the problem without missing a single important event.

Narrator:       For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.