Journal Article

Redesigning hospital alarms for patient safety: alarmed and potentially dangerous.

Chopra V, McMahon LF. JAMA. 2014;311:1199-200.

Alarm fatigue refers to clinicians' tendency to ignore safety alerts if they are too frequent or perceived to be clinically irrelevant. This commentary describes what makes an alarm effective, how alarms can contribute to adverse events, and strategies to reduce risks.