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Nurs Clin North Am. 2012 Sep;47(3):375-82. doi: 10.1016/j.cnur.2012.05.009. Epub 2012 Jul 4.

Alarm fatigue.

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Department of Nursing, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, 800 East 28th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407, USA.


The number of false high alarms in the hospital setting remains a serious problem. False alarms have desensitized care providers and, at times, have led to dire consequences for patients. Efforts by both industry and clinicians are beginning to address this situation in collaborative approaches. Research is needed to establish an evidence base around issues such as which patients need to be monitored, and what the threshold settings and delay settings should be on devices. Initial and ongoing education needs to be considered for any new medical device, and be included in the hospital's annual budget.

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