Combatting Alarm Fatigue

June 4, 2020

Alarm safety has been a recognized problem in healthcare for more than a decade. A component of that is alarm fatigue—a situation when a provider, frustrated by nuisance alarms that may not be actionable, eventually starts ignoring alarms that are important and actionable. Alarm fatigue ultimately puts patient safety in jeopardy.

In this episode, we'll talk about why this problem has persisted, the intersection of people and technology that can make it worse, and strategies for combatting it.

Learn more about how ECRI can help from our website at Also, you can download our Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2020, which offers a global view of alarm management, focusing on the cognitive load resulting from all of the alarms, alerts, and other notifications that confront clinicians on a daily basis.

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