Publication: Becker’s Health IT & CIO Review
According to The Joint Commission, patient monitoring devices at typical hospitals will transmit tens of thousands of signals each day. Yet in a 2015 study at one medical/surgical hospital, only 10% of these alarms led to required clinical interventions.
When so many safety alert notifications have no clinical value, clinicians often turn off or ignore alarms, lower the volume or adjust the settings – actions that can have serious or fatal consequences.
Following are 10 ways hospitals can adopt more effective alarm management and alert notification practices that will minimize alarm fatigue and improve patient care and safety.