- Cheng Zhang
- West Roxbury, MA
- United States
Clinical Engineer, VA Boston Healthcare System
How to effectively reduce alarm fatigue in hospitals?
Our increasingly complex medical technology is forcing our clinicians to stay on top of an overwhelming number of parameters and physiological alarms. Over the past few years, the number of incidents involving alarm fatigue has escalated, leading to media frenzy (http://articles.boston.com/2011-09-21/lifestyle/30185391_1_alarm-fatigue-nurses-patient). Several patients were severely injured and some even died due to medical alarm exhaustion.
1. Integrate alarms to reduce the number of alarms
2. Decreasing physiological threshold (doctors are very conservative about this)
3. Monitoring how long it takes the clinicians to respond to each alarm
4. Offer more training to clinicians about the alarm functionality
5. Deliver alarms to responsible clinician via beeper, cell phone.
Any inputs or suggestions are welcome!