The Prevention Of Neonatal Health Care Providers

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Neonatal health care providers do their best to ensure the environment where the tiniest of patients need to grow emulates the dark, muted place that they were used to. However, these patients are the ones that need high-tech equipment to assist with their care. This equipment comes with many different audible indicators meant to assist the bedside clinician in keeping these patients safe. These sounds contribute to the noise level in the environment meant to heal. Amidst the worry about patient’s exposure to what many times is too loud noise, health care providers, too, are exposed to the constant cacophony of bings, beeps, and bells. The Joint Commission designated a patient safety goal recognizing alarm fatigue as of January 2014, and…show more content…
Many factors build that significance. In the article, “Monitor Alarm Fatigue: An Integrative Review”, the author describes five themes from research gathered:3 (Cvach, M.) 1. Excessive alarms and effects on staff 2. Nurse’s response to alarms 3. Alarm sounds and audibility 4. Technology to reduce false alarms 5. Alarm notification systems A brief summary of this article follows. The sheer number of alarms can be overwhelming. The majority of these alarms are not valid or significant and can be termed as nuisance alarms. These can disrupt patient care and decrease caregiver trust. The continued exposure to these types of alarms makes for caregivers that may become desensitized. This desensitization could be potentially harmful for the patient if an alarm is not taken seriously or alarm parameters are changed outside of set boundaries. Caregiver response to alarms can be affected in various ways. Trust in the alarm system will encourage an appropriate response. Perfecting different alarm sounds to enable the caregiver to hear it amidst all of the other noise is ongoing. Alarms that are more significant may have a different tone or rhythm that assists the caregiver in differentiating those that are more urgent or higher priority. “Adding short delays can significantly decrease the number of ignored or ineffective alarms.” Central monitoring or a designated staff member to watch monitors has been implemented in many different settings. There aren’t many
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