Alarm Fatigue

Health Experts Discuss 4 Keys to Reducing Alarm Fatigue

Training, education and individualization are some of the keys to better alarm management discussed by leading health experts during a recent webinar. The March 4, 2014 webinar was hosted Premier Safety Institute as part of their Advisor Live series.

Discussing the importance of training in reducing alarm fatigue, Joan Speigel, MD, Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology, Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, said:

With end tidal CO2, of course, the training is the most important thing, is what to ignore and what not to ignore. Certainly it requires a lot of training. I don’t know how much I take it for granted that I understand the device very well—in capnography, that is. For the untrained person, what is going to trigger an alarm is very different than for myself.

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Respiratory Compromise

Health Experts Say Continuous Monitoring of Post-Surgical Patients Receiving Opioids Should Be Standard

Continuous electronic monitoring of patients receiving opioids to manage their pain after surgery should be a standard of care, leading health experts said during a recent webinar. The March 4, 2014 webinar was hosted Premier Safety Institute as part of their Advisor Live series.

“There is no doubt that patients who have either sedation or postoperative pain management do require some sort of monitoring,” said Bhavani S. Kodali, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Read More