Monitor alarm fatigue: standardizing use of physiological monitors and decreasing nuisance alarms.

@article{Graham2010MonitorAF,
  title={Monitor alarm fatigue: standardizing use of physiological monitors and decreasing nuisance alarms.},
  author={Kelly Creighton Graham and Maria M Cvach},
  journal={American journal of critical care : an official publication, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses},
  year={2010},
  volume={19 1},
  pages={28-34; quiz 35}
}
BACKGROUND Reliance on physiological monitors to continuously "watch" patients and to alert the nurse when a serious rhythm problem occurs is standard practice on monitored units. Alarms are intended to alert clinicians to deviations from a predetermined "normal" status. However, alarm fatigue may occur when the sheer number of monitor alarms overwhelms clinicians, possibly leading to alarms being disabled, silenced, or ignored. PURPOSE Excessive numbers of monitor alarms and fear that nurses… CONTINUE READING
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