Urgency analysis of audible alarms in the operating room

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Abstract

Recent studies by researchers, governmental agencies, and safety organizations have recognized a deficiency in the performance of medically related audible alarms [1-4]. In the clinical setting, care providers can suffer from alarm fatigue, a condition in which audible alarms in an operating room are perceived as a nuisance. In this study, we explore the auditory features associated with current audible alarms using tools from the music information retrieval community, and then we examine how those auditory features correlate to listeners' perception of urgency. The results show that aperiodic changes in the auditory spectrum over time are the most salient contributor to the perception of urgency in sound. These results could inform the development of a novel standard regarding the composition of medical audible alarms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 12th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference, ISMIR 2011
Pages771-775
Number of pages5
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011
Event12th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference, ISMIR 2011 - Miami, FL, United States
Duration: Oct 24 2011Oct 28 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 12th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference, ISMIR 2011

Other

Other12th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference, ISMIR 2011
CountryUnited States
CityMiami, FL
Period10/24/1110/28/11

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Music
  • Information Systems

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    Bennett, C., McNeer, R., & Leider, C. (2011). Urgency analysis of audible alarms in the operating room. In Proceedings of the 12th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference, ISMIR 2011 (pp. 771-775). (Proceedings of the 12th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference, ISMIR 2011).