Essay about monitor alarm fatigue

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Strategies to Reduce Monitor Alarm Fatigue
Courtney Conner
University of South Alabama
Strategies to Reduce Monitor Alarm Fatigue
Monitor alarms are designed to alert caregivers to changes in a patient’s condition and can save lives, but majority of the alarms do not require clinical intervention. However, as the number of alarms encountered by clinicians on a daily basis rises, it has become difficult for caregivers to distinguish between clinically significant alarms and nuisance alarms. As a result, alarm fatigue has become a serious issue, which puts patients at risk. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the research findings of two articles to explore more efficient and effective methods to reduce nurse desensitization to clinical
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(2014) article would be given a level IV with a C grade of recommendation due to the study being a descriptive pilot survey (Ecces, Grimshaw, Shekelle, & Woolf, 1999). A grade of C was awarded because the interventions listed in this article, such as individualizing alarm parameters, buddying systems, a charge nurse making rounds are recommended and would be applicable to practice.
Cvach’s (2012) integrative review article would be given a level 1B with a B grade of recommendation (Ecces et al., 1999). Level 1B due to the integrative review having a least one randomized controlled trial. A B grade of recommendation was given because majority of the evidence found applies to most patients and if implemented would provide effective change in the area of reducing nurse desensitization to alarms. Some solutions found by the author are still in the testing or developing stages and would be recommended when additional evidence is presented.
Applicability to Practice
Clearly, alarm fatigue can result in desensitization amongst nurses leading to ignoring and/or disabling alarms due to the abundance of false alarms. The interventions discussed in Christensen et al. (2014) article are simple and cost-effective interventions that show a reduction in alarm fatigue. Although the development of smart alarms is still in the testing phases, this option appears to have the most potential in significantly reducing alarm fatigue.
In Cvach’s (2012) article, suggestions were made to

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