What is alarm fatigue?
As reported in The Boston Globe on November 28, 2011:
"Although monitors can save lives when they alert nurses to dangerous changes in a patient’s condition, most alarms are false, triggered by patients shifting in bed or minor changes. According to a Globe investigation published earlier this year, repeated false alarms can desensitize nurses, causing them to tune out alarms that turn out to be critical — a phenomenon called alarm fatigue linked to hundreds of patient deaths."Andrew Meyer is quoted in the article:
“Much to Mass. General’s credit, they recognized the error and tried to do right by the family. They are in good faith trying to prevent the problem from occurring in the future. The family was appreciative.’’Learn more about alarm fatigue in this series of reports from The Boston Globe.
Added February 2012: While as of this writing there have been no deaths attributed to alarm fatigue in Rhode Island, awareness to the issue is high. See related news story covered by Providence's WPRI News 12:
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