Patient monitoring alarms…. annoying but needed

I was recently asked to give a talk to the second year biomedical engineering students at UCL on the practicalities of med tech design. Immediately I thought of patient alarms. On a daily basis, I lose count of the number of times I turn off false alarms. The annoyance reaches such a level that patients also … Continue reading Patient monitoring alarms…. annoying but needed

The Peltzman Effect and Patient Safety

As doctors and nurses we always want to prevent/reduce disease. The introduction of new technology keeps telling us that we will reduce mistakes, treat certain diseases and reduce cost of certain treatment pathways. However, although technology is accelerating at an alarming rate we don’t see patient safety increasing in the same manner. In some years … Continue reading The Peltzman Effect and Patient Safety