Did you ever find yourself ignoring a patient’s monitor alarm because it had just gone off for the fifth time that night due to artifact? In this issue, Graham and Cvach describe a systematic approach to reducing nuisance alarms.

Alethea Sment, RN, BS, CCRN-CSC

See Article, pp 28–35

Adverse events are rarely sudden or unpredictable, do not occur in isolation, and are often preceded by warning signs. Medical emergency teams (METs) are widely used to reduce these events, but their effect on patient outcomes is not clear. In this issue, Bagshaw et al found that nurses in a Canadian hospital believed the MET system is worthwhile.

To learn more about response teams, visit the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Saving Lives Campaign at http://www.ihi.org/IHI/Programs/Campaign/100kCampaignOverviewArchive.htm.

Janet Flynn Mulroy, RN, MSN, ACNP, CCNS, CCRN

See Article, pp 74–83

Minority women, especially those who are black and Hispanic, have higher rates...

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