Journal Article

Association between exposure to nonactionable physiologic monitor alarms and response time in a children's hospital.

Bonafide CP; Lin R; Zander M; Graham CS; Paine CW; Rock W; Rich A; Roberts KE; Fortino M; Nadkarni VM; Localio AR; Keren R.

Previous studies have documented high frequency of alarms for nurses in intensive care settings. This direct observation study of a pediatric intensive care unit found that response times increased when there were more preceding nonactionable alarms, demonstrating a delay in alarm response due to alarm fatigue. This finding underscores the importance of improving current alarm management.