MedPage Today May 26, 2024
Rachael Chait

— We hear them and see them, but we often don’t react to them

The fire alarm is blaring in my ears in the ICU. I make eye contact with my resident, who has a blank stare on her face. It seems as if we are both saying, “I don’t see or smell any fire.” I return my attention to my computer within a second to finish my note, annoyed that the alarm is so deafening and the flashing lights are making me nauseous. I don’t even consciously consider the fact that there could be an actual fire — these alarms go off all the time with no fire in sight. Besides, I am currently in the ICU, so if...

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