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Journal Article
Study

Novel approach to cardiac alarm management on telemetry units.

Whalen DA, Covelle PM, Piepenbrink JC, et al. The Journal of cardiovascular nursing. 2014;29:E13-22.

The dangers of alarm fatigue are well recognized. In this study, after adjusting heart monitor alarms to only ring for relatively severe heart rates, audible alarms were reduced by 89%, patient and staff satisfaction improved, and no adverse events were identified.