A healthcare system had several sentinel events related to missed alarms or delayed alarm response in their telemetry care areas.
The health system turned to ECRI Institute for help in preventing the recurrence of similar events. By conducting an alarm management review, our experts identified the underlying causes of these and other patient safety vulnerabilities. ECRI Institute provided realistic strategies to help them address the alarm fatigue, standardize alarm management practices, reduce the number of leads-off alarms and other nuisance alarms, and improve the effectiveness of communication.
The healthcare system used ECRI Institute’s recommendations as an action plan over the next year to improve alarm management and minimize the potential for adverse events related to alarms.
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