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Journal Article

Optimizing smart pump technology by increasing critical safety alerts and reducing clinically insignificant alerts.

Mansfield J, Jarrett S. Hospital pharmacy. 2015;50:113-7.

Enhancing alarm management to decrease unnecessary alerts is a critical step in making decision support usable for health care professionals. This intervention study describes how inpatient pharmacists modified alerts on intravenous infusion pumps to reduce the number of clinically irrelevant alerts. A previous AHRQ WebM&M commentary describes consequences of overriding an important alert as a result of alarm fatigue.