Nurses, organizations work to address alarm fatigue
Patients and their families often say they can’t wait to get home so they can finally get some rest — in part because of all the beeps and buzzes coming from IV machines, cardiac monitors and other medical equipment. That cacophony of sounds also can have a negative effect on nurses and other health care professionals — a phenomenon known as “alarm fatigue” caused by sensory overload.
The tuning out, and in some cases turning off, of alarms is such a critical problem that The Joint Commission issued a sentinel event alert earlier this year warning health care providers of its prevalence and designating it as one of its “2014 National Patient Safety Goals.” (more…)
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