Confronting the epidemic of ICU alarms
from Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry
Step into an ICU and you will experience a world of hustle and bustle, but also one of noise — most notably loud and piercing alarms, emanating from multiple bedside devices. These alarms, most of which have little clinical value or are simply ignored, are at best frustrating to the clinical staff and at worst harmful to the patient. While they can overwhelm nurses and cause what is referred to as "alarm fatigue," they can also interrupt the patient’s sleep, which is essential for their recovery. So much for creating a healing and comforting ICU environment!
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