HTF Session at World Congress on Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering
Yadin David led a Continuing Education session at the WC 2015 providing the international BME community with the challenges facing the critical care environment in the US related to clinical alarms. Marge Funk woke up the crowd with her presentation by starting off attempting to talk about alarm hazards with constant beeping alarms superimposed in the background. After a few minutes of this torture, she stopped the beeping and provided an outstanding presentation on her work at Yale University as a nursing professor and as a leader of both HTF and AAMI alarm hazard improvement efforts. Tobey Clark followed with a short presentation on HTF’s work and future plans for improvement, the Joint Commission NPSG and how it is being achieved at University of Vermont Medical Center. Although the twenty odd attendees were not from Joint Commission hospitals, they expressed concern with the hazard and shared steps that they have taken to assess and reduce the problem of alarm fatigue.
HTF board members Tony Easty, Jim Wear, Yadin and Tobey made other contributions to the WC2015 in session presentations and workshops. Tony was the co-chair of the Organizing Committee and Yadin was Track Chair for Educational and Professional Activities.