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    Home Fire Alarms

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    Lives are being lost everyday due to the cost of fires with old fire alarms. According to the National Fire Protection Association, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 's) fire department survey, showed that in 2009-2013 fires in homes with no smoke alarms caused an average of 940 deaths per year (38% of home fire deaths). An additional 510 people per year were fatally injured as a result as a result of smoke exhalation. A study preformed by the NFPA revealed that smoke alarms were in fact present, but failed to operate resulting in the increasing of lost of life and property damage. The failure to operate can be factors…

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    Clinical Alarm Procedures

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    you walk into a hospital the main noise you constantly hear are the alarm monitors. The nurses begin to technically not hear the sound anymore. These alarm monitors have become very dangerous for our hospitals. Alarm monitors can put patients safety in bad situations. “Since 1960, hospitals have become progressively noisier over time, leading to a false-alarm environment. When the staff hears alarms constantly going off, they realize a large majority are not emergencies, which leaves them to…

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    Alarm Fatigue Report

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    Alarms alert staff when a patient is experiencing abnormal ranges set by each machine company. A variety of alarms can sound, such as those for blood pressure machines, ventilators, and ECG monitors. In the ICU it is crucial for staff to listen for the alarms to alert them of issues a patient may be experiencing. Often the patient may move causing the alarm to sound excessively. In her article Monitor Alarm Fatigue: An Integrative Review, Maria Cvach, MS, RN, CCRN, (2012) explains “Medical…

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    Effect of Alarm Fatigue on Fall-Related Incidents Lillian Baird 3370 Professional Nursing BSN Program School of Nursing Troy University September 23, 2015 Overview of Clinical Problem: Working throughout a 25-bed critical access hospital in rural North Carolina, which serves a largely elderly population, the frequency of confused patients is so often, a policy has been implemented to initiate a bed-alarm on all new admissions for the first 24-hours. This clinical guideline has…

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    Monitor Alarm Fatigue: Preventing a Sentinel Event Nicholas D’Amario Carroll Community College Abstract Nurses working on monitored patient units hear the sounding alarms coming from cardiac monitors on a daily basis and overtime can become desensitized to these signals. Becoming immune to the sound of alarms may put a nurse’s patient in danger if the alarm results from a critical condition. These alarms are set in place to alert nurses to potential problems with a patient, however; fatigue…

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    be concreate or abstract, and is typically articulated in as little as one word, or an expression that bestows common expectations, or recommendations. A concept analysis is completed when a concept requires clarification or definition for the purpose of student nurses, such as inquiry, theory perfecting, or practice (McEwen and Wills, 2007, p. 47-54). Concepts that are pertinent to nursing are grieving after a mastectomy, emotional anguish, and alarm fatigue. “Alarm Fatigue: A Concept Analysis”…

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    Smoke Detectors In Homes The first smoke detector, called the “automatic electric fire alarm” was invented by Francis Robbin Upton and Fernando Dibble in the late 19th century its purpose is to detect smoke in a room or other enclosed area and set of an audible alarm to alert nearby people to the impending danger. Smoke detectors provide many positive benefits when installed in the home such as lowering fatality rates, helping prevent small fires from turning into larger ones and some even…

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    Patient Safety Trends

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    pumps, EKGs, ventilators, bed/chair alarms, security alarms and call bells. The purpose of medical-technical equipment is to support nursing care in detecting, prevent, monitor, treat, compensate for injury and disability or alleviate disease (Tunlind, 2015). However the Joint Commission announced their 2014 National Patient Safety Goal on clinical alarm safety due to the increasing amount of injuries and deaths that had occurred from ignoring alarms, turning alarms down…

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    Patient Safety Goals

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    national attention to alarm safety was gained after and adverse event occurred in Massachusetts that involved the death of an 89-year-old man. This death was attributed to an alarm that had been inadvertently turned off; therefore, staff was unaware of the changes in his heart rate the ultimately lead to his death (Drew et al., 2014; ERCI Institute, 2013). According to The Joint Commission (TJC) Sentinel Event Database, from January 2009 through June 2012 there were 98 alarm related events; 80…

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    In this condition, the eyewitness will tend to compare line-ups members in order determine which one most closely resembles the criterion for their memory of the perpetrator, a process termed relative judgment (Wells, 1984). Green and Swets’s (1966) signal detection theory (SDT) examines these variations in selection based upon memory criterion, delineating the ability to correctly recognize an old experience (a hit response), and to falsely recognize a new experience as old (a false alarm…

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