Alarm Fatigue in Hospital Settings

Alarm Fatigue in Hospital Settings Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Medical devices and monitoring equipment that alert staff to rapid deterioration in patients can be effective in reducing adverse outcomes, but the large number of clinically insignificant alarms that occur in a hospital can lead to alarm fatigue, with staff delaying responses or even ignoring alarms.

The featured Innovations describe two programs that sought to minimize alarm fatigue in hospital settings by implementing changes to alarm systems that reduced audible alarms and rescue events.

The featured QualityTools include a Web site offering guidance and tools to help health care facilities improve their alarm safety; and a clinical toolkit that provides evidence-based strategies, resources, best practices, and change-implementation tools to reduce the impact of environmental alarms.

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