Alarm Fatigue

Dr. Leah Baron on Alarm Notification Systems and Identifying Actionable Alarms and Preventing False Alarms Virtua Memorial Hospital’s Experience in Reducing Alarm Fatigue

Leah Baron, MD, who is Chief of The Department of Anesthesiology at Virtua Memorial Hospital, recently spoke with the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) in a clinical education podcast about the experience of Virtua Memorial Hospital in improving patient safety and reducing alarm fatigue.

Dr. Baron says that what began as a project to implement capnography monitoring to address opioid-induced respiratory depression quickly turned into a project to reduce nuisance alarms when monitoring resulted in too many false alarms:

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Alarm Fatigue

Improving Patient Safety and Reducing Alarm Fatigue The Right and Wrong Way to Use Continuous Surveillance Monitoring

The Physician-Physician Alliance for Health Safety released a clinical education podcast on improving patient safety and reducing alarm fatigue.

Discussing the right and wrong ways to use continuous surveillance monitoring are a  distinguished panel of experts:

  • Leah Baron, MD is chief of the department of Anesthesiology at Virtua Memorial Hospital;
  • Maria Cvach, DNP, RN, FAAN  is director of policy management and integration for Johns Hopkins Health System; and
  • Marc Schlessinger, RRT, MBA, FACHE is senior associate at ECRI Institute’s applied solutions group.

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Alarm Fatigue

ECRI’s Top Ten Technology Hazards for 2018 Middleware Technology Must be Configured Appropriately to Reduce Alarm Fatigue

Recently, ECRI Institute released its Top Ten Technology Hazards for 2018. The purpose behind ECRI’s yearly list is to promote the safer use of technology:

The safe use of health technology—from beds and stretchers to large, complex imaging systems—requires identifying possible sources of danger or difficulty with those technologies and taking steps to minimize the likelihood that adverse events will occur. This list will help healthcare facilities do that.

Number 4 on this list deals with how Missed Alarms May Result from Inappropriately Configured Secondary Notification Devices and Systems:

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