Plan of Action: Monitor and Alarm Fatigue

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Monitor fatigue has been an issue ever since the technology to monitor patients was developed. The problem has gotten worse as technology has advanced and the number of alarms in the hospital increased. The average ICU has “over 40 different alarms” (Sendelbach & Jepsen, 2013). Monitor fatigue is related to any type of monitoring device used in the hospital making the scope of the problem rather large as monitors range from bed alarms to telemetry monitors. In June 2013 the Joint Commission approved new “National Patient Safety Goal NPSG.06.01.01 in clinical alarm safety for hospitals and critical access hospitals (The Joint Commission, 2013, p. 1).” One of the first goals of the hospital was to identify the alarms most at risk for …show more content…
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Nurses are so inundated with various buzzes and beeps from numerous alarms that they sometimes are desensitized, and nurses to alarms fail to respond to alarms in a timely manner if they respond at all. This is called alarm fatigue. Nuisance alarms are often called false positive alarms and are one of the leading causes of alarm fatigue. These alarms normally do not result from a patient having an adverse condition are often considered annoying because they get in the way of patient care (Graham & Cvach, 2010). Basically, alarms go off falsely so often they have created a “cry wolf” effect as caregivers start to mistrust the alarm system (Cvach, 2010). As stated previously, alarms fatigue is a large problem with such huge risk to patient safety that The Joint Commission made clinical Alarm Safety one of their Goals for 2014.
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With alarms going off constantly, it is easy for a nurse to become
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