How to get rid of 600,000 alarms per week

March 2014
Briefings on Hospital Safety;Mar2014, Vol. 22 Issue 3, p1
The article focuses on how the task force of the Boston Medical Center (BMC) addresses alarm fatigue in the facility by implementing new procedures for handling alarms. Among the changes include the alteration of alarm defaults, the need for staff to recognize and respond to high-priority alarms, and the opportunity given to nurses to change alarm settings based on patient's individual care needs. Tips on how hospitals can reduce their alarms are also presented.


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