Alarm Fatigue : A Critical Problem

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Alarm fatigue is a critical problem in health care setting. Nurses may not respond to alarms because they know that most of them are false or non-actionable. Sometimes, the alarms become the noises that nurses no longer hear because they are heard all the time. In addition to ignore alarms, nurses may also reduce audible alarm levels, change alarm limits, and inappropriately silence or deactivate alarms (Cvach, 2012). The alarm fatigue has led to sentinel events and deaths of patients (Cvach, 2012). Therefore, the alarm fatigue problem has to be fixed in order to improve patient safety. This paper will introduce interventions based on evidence-based practices and leadership theories related to alarm fatigue prevention.

False alarm is sometimes driven to unsafe actions. The nurses who must repeatedly respond to every single alarm which are mostly false leading to alarm fatigue and ignore to respond true critical alarm (Solet,& Barach,2012). The excessive alarms in patient care are distracting and interfering with the ability of the nurse to perform patient care tasks (Solet,& Barach,2012). When there are excessive of false alarms the clinicians adapt to response less or react with less urgency (Solet,& Barach,2012). Ignoring alarm can cause serious harm or death to the patients (Cvach, 2012).

Many factors contribute to alarm fatigue; however, most significant is a false alarm rate which reported as high as 83–85% (Solet & Barach, 2012). Some other…
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