Design Framework for Audible Alarms: A Multidisciplinary and Integrated Approach

Rosana Sanz-Segura*, Eduardo Manchado-Pérez, Elif Özcan

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Abstract

Designing alarms to address the increasing complexity of dynamic and interconnected systems in current socio-technological environments presents multi-faceted design problems that require systematic thinking and a collaborative and holistic approach. To understand the alarm design challenges better, we map out the design space for audible alarms in an applied domain, covering the alarm issues from the designers’ perspective, departing from the functional integrity of alarms, and bringing together the contribution of three major fields of expertise related to audible alarms (systems engineering, information design, and human factors). Three studies based on literature review, field observations, expert interviews, and focus groups are conducted by authors at different European Intensive Care Units. Our findings from these studies result in the definition of the components of audible alarm design, the key considerations for designing audible alarms, and a design framework for audible alarms that systematically integrates input from inter-connected disciplines that all aim for the success of a complex system that heavily relies on alarms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-32
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Design
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Our special gratitude goes to Judy Edworthy (University of Plymouth), Joana Vieira (CCG-Centro de Computação Gráfica), Peter Somhorst (Erasmus Medical Centre, Rotterdam), Pilar Ferrer and Delia Gonzalez (Hospital Miguel Servet, Zaragoza), Gabriel Tirado (Hospital Royo Villanova, Zaragoza), and Eduardo Baos (sound engineer) for valuable discussions on the different versions of this paper. This work was partially supported by Erasmus+ Higher Education Traineeship (2018-2019).

Funding Information:
Our special gratitude goes to Judy Edworthy (University of Plymouth), Joana Vieira (CCG - Centro de Computação Gráfica), Peter Somhorst (Erasmus Medical Centre, Rotterdam), Pilar Ferrer and Delia Gonzalez (Hospital Miguel Servet, Zaragoza), Gabriel Tirado (Hospital Royo Villanova, Zaragoza), and Eduardo Baos (sound engineer) for valuable discussions on the different versions of this paper. This work was partially supported by Erasmus+ Higher Education Traineeship (2018-2019).

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© 2022 Sanz-Segura, Manchado-Pérez. & Özcan.

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