Alarm Problems Going Off in the Intensive Care Unit

1065 Words Feb 22nd, 2018 4 Pages
The Joint Commission (JACHO) has identified the importance to tackling the security of alarm systems. There have been many reported deaths related to the absence of attention to cardiac monitors (JACHO, 2013). A new patient safety goal for 2014 goal is to improve the safety of clinical alarms. Emergency Care Research Institute (ECRI) has listed the alarm hazards as the number one health technology hazard for 2014 (ECRI Institute, 2013). The ECRI endorses the implementation of interventions to minimize the number of insignificant alarms. The goal is to create an environment that promotes awareness to alarms that are actionable.
In the intensive care unit, several alarms ring at any given moment. Many times the alarms cannot be heard when nurses are busy in other rooms. Additionally, there are a high number of alarms that are false and create much nuisance noises. Nurses work in a loud environment. Responsiveness becomes difficult when an individual’s auditory system is overloaded with multiple sources of alarms. Providing the appropriate attention to the cardiac monitoring system becomes a challenge. This scenario represents an opportunity to improve the quality of care that is given in the intensive care unit. This paper will review the development process in the intensive care unit related to alarm management.
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