Alarm fatigue has been a focus of patient safety for the past decade. In 2013, the Joint Commission required that all hospitals implement alarm management policies and procedures. Since then, numerous interventions have been proposed, such as widening alarm parameter limits, customized settings, and secondary notification systems, but little has been published on their effects.
Ruppel and colleagues reviewed survey data from the Healthcare Technology Foundation to identify how health care professionals’ practices and attitudes have changed since the survey was first distributed in 2006. They found the following:
Nuisance alarms occurred more frequently, with more disruption in care than noted in the past.
Less agreement that clinical staff are sensitive to alarms and respond quickly.
More institutions have implemented new technological solutions for alarm safety.
Although the survey results appear to indicate little improvement since 2006, the authors suggest that the results...