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PSNet: Patient Safety Network
Journal Article
Review

Patient safety implications of electronic alerts and alarms of maternal–fetal status during labor.

Simpson KR, Lyndon A, Davidson LA. Nursing for women's health. 2016;20:358-66.

Labor and delivery care is considered high risk for sentinel events should something go wrong. This review discusses how audible surveillance in this setting can contribute to alert fatigue and distraction among nurses and raises concerns that no standards exist to improve the effectiveness of electronic fetal monitoring.