Alarm Fatigue

Alarm fatigue "occurs when staff members are exposed to to a large number of alarms causing sensory overload leading to slow or non-existent response to alarms" (Horkan, 2014, p.83).

After viewing this video what are some examples of alarms that could lead to fatigue in the hospital setting???

What factors contribute to alarm fatigue?

1. Alarms signals inappropriately turned off.

2. Absent or inadequate alarm systems

3. Alarm signals not audible in all areas

4. Improper alarm settings

5. Inadequate staff training

How do we prevent alarm fatigue?

1. Customizable Alarm Settings

2. Volume Control

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