Authors: Fahd Alharbi
Addresses: Faculty of Engineering, King Abdulaziz University, Rabigh, Saudi Arabia
Abstract: Monitoring in the intensive care units (ICU) is an essential task to patient health and safety. The monitoring systems provide physicians and nurses with the ability to intervene when there is a deterioration in patient's condition. The ICU monitoring system uses audio alarms to alert about critical conditions of the patient or when there is a medical device failure. Unfortunately, there are cases of failure to respond to medical alarms that endanger the patient safety and result in death. The main reasons for the lack of responding to the alarms are alarm fatigue and alarm masking. In this paper, these issues are investigated and we propose a monitoring system using internet of things (IoT) to continually report the ICU medical alarm to doctors, nurses and family.
Keywords: intensive care units; ICU; safety; audio alarm; alarm masking; alarm fatigue; internet of things; IoT.
International Journal of Cloud Computing, 2021 Vol.10 No.4, pp.331 - 338
Received: 20 Jun 2019
Accepted: 13 Sep 2019
Published online: 25 Nov 2021 *