Icu Alarm Management

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The authors conducted an observational study in a transplant/cardiac intensive care unit (ICU) located at a teaching Magnet hospital in the Southwest of the United States. The researchers examined if changes in the default alarm settings of the cardiac monitors and the provided in-service nurse training would reduce the alarm rate and improve nurses’ attitudes towards alarms. The authors agreed that the complexity of alarm management in the ICU, a lack of unit policies related to alarm management, noncompliance of some nurses with protocols and inappropriate alarm settings may cause the high number of nuisance alarms. Although the researchers achieved a significant reduction in the alarm rate (24%), no positive improvement was found in nurses’
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