monitor alarm fatigue Essay

1248 Words Jan 23rd, 2015 5 Pages
Strategies to Reduce Monitor Alarm Fatigue
Courtney Conner
University of South Alabama
Strategies to Reduce Monitor Alarm Fatigue
Monitor alarms are designed to alert caregivers to changes in a patient’s condition and can save lives, but majority of the alarms do not require clinical intervention. However, as the number of alarms encountered by clinicians on a daily basis rises, it has become difficult for caregivers to distinguish between clinically significant alarms and nuisance alarms. As a result, alarm fatigue has become a serious issue, which puts patients at risk. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the research findings of two articles to explore more efficient and effective methods to reduce nurse desensitization to clinical
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The findings found that nurses felt irritated with inappropriate alarm settings and the high volume of noise on unit, resulting in delays in response times. False alarms were the main culprit in the nurses' opinions. The interventions supplied by the article were individualizing alarm limits, buddying systems, a charge nurse making rounds, and the development of smart alarms with algorithms that cover multiple conditions (Christensen et al., 2014). In Cvach’s (2012) article, an integrated review synthesized research and non-research findings of seventy-two articles, published between 1/1/2000 and 10/1/2011. The author used the John Hopkins Nursing Evidence Based-Practice model to measure and evaluate the articles for this review. The data collected were categorized into 5 main themes: excessive alarms and the effects on nurses, nurse's response to alarms, alarm sounds and audibility, technology to reduce false alarms, and alarm notification system (Cvach, 2012). The purpose of this integrated review was to find out if the volume of noise (false alarms vs true alarms) disrupts the nurse’s response and perception to physiologic clinical alarms. The 3 main recommendations provided by the researcher were to implement the use of smart technology, generate change within the hospital's environment and protocols, and use of precautionary measures by healthcare staff in order to reduce monitor alarm fatigue.
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