Alarm Fatigue Research Paper

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Running head: Alarm Fatigue Improving Patient Outcomes: What is the best practice to combat alarm fatigue? TCC NUR273 Abstract With the advent of new technologies, comes a time to take a look at and revamp our current practices. Are we doing these interventions and protocols because that is the way that it has always been done since the beginning of time? Are our practices backed up by legitimate evidence? By using nursing research, best practices can be implemented in order to improve patient outcomes. This paper takes a look at a phenomenon known as alarm fatigue and its serious impact on patient outcomes. Improving Patient Outcomes: What is the best practice to combat alarm fatigue? Introduction According to the FDA,…show more content…
In Monitor Alarm Fatigue: An Integrative Review, research evidence was broken down into themes including: effect of excessive alarms on staff, nurse’s response to alarms, alarm sounds and audibility, technology to reduce false alarms, and alarm notification systems. Non-research evidence revealed strategies to reduce alarm desensitization. Cvach concluded the article with evidence-based practice recommendations for technology manufacturers, hospitals, and caregivers. One nursing intervention recommended was to adjust alarm parameters so that they are customized to each individual’s actual needs. This intervention ensures that the alarms are valid and that they will provide and early warning to potential critical situations. The article also recommends documentation of alarm parameters in the medical…show more content…
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