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Multifaceted initiative to reduce "alarm fatigue" on cardiac unit reduces alarms and increases nurse and patient satisfaction.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Health Care Innovations Exchange. June 18, 2014.
Clinical alarms have been described as a serious patient safety issue. This article relates how one hospital implemented a series of actions reduce nuisance alarms in a cardiac unit and reports a substantial decrease in audible alerts with no subsequent adverse effects. Interventions included expanding limits for triggering heart rate alarms and collaboration between two nurses to design customized alarm parameters for individual patients.
Web Resource > Multi-use Website
Tanya and Phil Barnett.
This Web site includes a video chronicling how an undiagnosed heart condition led to a teenager's death and offers tips for patients to prevent medical errors.
Trenton, NJ: New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services; March 2012.
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Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics, Arizona Health Sciences Center; 2010.
This tool identifies drugs that affect the cardiac conduction system in a deleterious fashion.