Patients like those on intensive care wards are connected up to a lot of medical equipment. The equipment generates an enormous flow of alarms. For patient safety it is critically important to deal with the alarms carefully. ‘Alarm risks’ invariably come first in the annual top ten of ECRI. The constant flow of alarms can lead to alarm fatigue among healthcare workers. The shift from traditional ward nursing to room nursing also presents challenges: a patient placed in a room is no longer easily visible and audible to healthcare workers. This makes effective alarm processes and responses crucial to continued assurance of the safety of your patients.
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