At the hospital, better responses to those beeping alarms.
Approach to Improving Safety
Setting of Care
Alert fatigue is a well-known problem in hospitals. This newspaper article reports on efforts to reduce unnecessary alarms in hospitals to prevent staff from overlooking critical alerts. Highlighting strategies such as using secondary notification systems and recalibrating alerts according to the severity of physiologic change, the article also describes organizational guidelines to improve alarm safety. A recent WebM&M commentary explored how alarm fatigue can result in patient harm.