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Alarm fatigue

Halley Ruppel, Marjorie Funk, J Tobey Clark, Izabella Gieras, Yadin David, Thomas J Bauld, Paul Coss, Margaret L Holland
BACKGROUND: Alarm fatigue is a widely acknowledged patient safety concern in hospitals. In 2013, The Joint Commission issued a National Patient Safety Goal on Alarm Management, making addressing alarm management a priority. To capture changes in attitudes and practices related to alarms, the Healthcare Technology Foundation conducted and reported findings from national online surveys in 2006 and 2011 and completed a third survey in 2016. OBJECTIVES: The goal of the 2016 survey was to identify how hospital practices and clinicians' perceptions of alarms have changed since 2006...
March 2018: American Journal of Critical Care: An Official Publication, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
Christina M Rudin-Brown, Sarah Harris, Ari Rosberg
Canada's freight rail system moves 70% of the country's surface goods and almost half of all exports (RAC, 2016). These include dangerous goods. Anonymous survey of freight rail operating employees conducted by the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC, 2014) revealed that many do not report getting enough sleep because of their work schedules, and that fatigue may be affecting their performance at work. Besides general impairments in attention and cognitive functioning, fatigue in railway operating employees slows reaction time to safety alarms and impairs conformance to train operating requirements...
February 1, 2018: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
Sarah Poole, Nigam Shah
Alarm fatigue, a condition in which clinical staff become desensitized to alarms due to the high frequency of unnecessary alarms, is a major patient safety concern. Alarm fatigue is particularly prevalent in the pediatric setting, due to the high level of variation in vital signs with patient age. Existing studies have shown that the current default pediatric vital sign alarm thresholds are inappropriate, and lead to a larger than necessary alarm load. This study leverages a large database containing over 190 patient-years of heart rate data to accurately identify the 1st and 99th percentiles of an individual's heart rate on their first day of vital sign monitoring...
2018: Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing
Richard L Fidler, Michele M Pelter, Barbara J Drew, Jorge Arroyo Palacios, Yong Bai, Daphne Stannard, J Matt Aldrich, Xiao Hu
BACKGROUND: Heart rate (HR) alarms are prevalent in ICU, and these parameters are configurable. Not much is known about nursing behavior associated with tailoring HR alarm parameters to individual patients to reduce clinical alarm fatigue. OBJECTIVES: To understand the relationship between heart rate (HR) alarms and adjustments to reduce unnecessary heart rate alarms. METHODS: Retrospective, quantitative analysis of an adjudicated database using analytical approaches to understand behaviors surrounding parameter HR alarm adjustments...
2017: PloS One
Andrezza Serpa Franco, Adriana Carla Bridi, Monica de Almeida Karam, Ana Paula Amorim Moreira, Karla Biancha Silva de Andrade, Roberto Carlos Lyra da Silva
OBJECTIVE: To characterize the sound alarms of the Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump (IABP) during aortic counterpulsation therapy; to measure the stimulus-response time of the team to these; and to discuss the implications of increasing this time for patient safety from the alarm fatigue perspective. METHOD: This is an observational and descriptive study with quantitative and qualitative approach, case study type, carried out in a Cardiac Surgical Intensive Care Unit. RESULTS: The most audible IABP alarm was the one of high priority increased-reduced diastolic blood pressure...
November 2017: Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem
Michele M Pelter, Yuan Xu, Richard Fidler, Ran Xiao, David W Mortara, Hu Xiao
BACKGROUND: Patients hospitalized for suspected acute coronary syndrome (ACS) are at risk for transient myocardial ischemia. During the "rule-out" phase, continuous ECG ST-segment monitoring can identify transient myocardial ischemia, even when asymptomatic. However, current ST-segment monitoring software is vastly underutilized due to false positive alarms, with resultant alarm fatigue. Current ST algorithms may contribute to alarm fatigue because; (1) they are not designed with a delay (minutes), rather alarm to brief spikes (i...
October 24, 2017: Journal of Electrocardiology
Bradford D Winters, Maria M Cvach, Christopher P Bonafide, Xiao Hu, Avinash Konkani, Michael F O'Connor, Jeffrey M Rothschild, Nicholas M Selby, Michele M Pelter, Barbara McLean, Sandra L Kane-Gill
OBJECTIVE: Alarm fatigue is a widely recognized safety and quality problem where exposure to high rates of clinical alarms results in desensitization leading to dismissal of or slowed response to alarms. Nonactionable alarms are thought to be especially problematic. Despite these concerns, the number of clinical alarm signals has been increasing as an everincreasing number of medical technologies are added to the clinical care environment. DATA SOURCES: PubMed, SCOPUS, Embase, and CINAHL...
January 2018: Critical Care Medicine
Gusztav Belteki, Colin J Morley
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the frequency and cause of neonatal ventilator alarms. Neonatal ventilators frequently alarm and also disturb babies, parents and nurses. If frequent they may cause alarm fatigue and be ignored. The number, frequency and details of neonatal ventilator alarms are unreported. METHODS: We developed programs for retrieving and analysing ventilator data each second on alarms and ventilation parameters from 46 babies ventilated with Dräger Babylog VN500 ventilators using various modes...
October 27, 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood. Fetal and Neonatal Edition
N E Pedersen, L S Rasmussen, J A Petersen, T A Gerds, D Østergaard, A Lippert
BACKGROUND: The National Early Warning Score (NEWS) uses physiological variables to detect deterioration in hospitalized patients. However, patients with chronic respiratory disease may have abnormal variables not requiring interventions. We studied how the Capital Region of Denmark NEWS Override System (CROS), the Chronic Respiratory Early Warning Score (CREWS) and the Salford NEWS (S-NEWS) affected NEWS total scores and NEWS performance. METHODS: In an observational study, we included patients with chronic respiratory disease...
February 2018: Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
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Castro GM, Buczkowski L, Hafner JM. The Contribution of Sociotechnical Factors to Health Information Technology-Related Sentinel Events. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2016 Feb;42(2):70-6 Horsky J, Ramelson HZ. Development of a cognitive framework of patient record summary review in the formative phase of user-centered design. J Biomed Inform 2016 Dec;64:147-57 Kobayashi L, Gosbee JW, Merck DL...
August 2017: Yearbook of Medical Informatics
Andrew Jordan Sun, Libo Wang, Minjoung Go, Zac Eggers, Raymond Deng, Paul Maggio, Lisa Shieh
BACKGROUND: Resident work hour restrictions have led to the creation of the 'night float' to care for the patients of multiple primary teams after hours. These residents are often inundated with acute issues in the numerous patients they cover and are less able to address non-urgent issues that arise at night. Further, non-urgent pages may contribute to physician alarm fatigue and negatively impact patient outcomes. OBJECTIVE: To delineate the burden of non-urgent paging at night and propose solutions...
October 21, 2017: BMJ Quality & Safety
Zoë Thomas, Marta Novak, Susanna Gabriela Torres Platas, Maryse Gautier, Angela Potes Holgin, Rebecca Fox, Marilyn Segal, Karl J Looper, Mark Lipman, Steven Selchen, Istvan Mucsi, Nathan Herrmann, Soham Rej
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Up to 50% of patients undergoing hemodialysis suffer from symptoms of depression and/or anxiety. Access to traditional pharmacotherapies and psychotherapies for depression or anxiety in this patient population has been inadequate. The objective of this study was to investigate the feasibility and effectiveness of brief mindfulness meditation intervention for patients on hemodialysis with depression and anxiety symptoms. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS: This study was a randomized, controlled, assessor-blinded trial conducted in an urban hemodialysis unit...
December 7, 2017: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
Rohan Joshi, Heidi van de Mortel, Loe Feijs, Peter Andriessen, Carola van Pul
AIM: Alarm fatigue is a well-recognized patient safety concern in intensive care settings. Decreased nurse responsiveness and slow response times to alarms are the potentially dangerous consequences of alarm fatigue. The aim of this study was to determine the factors that modulate nurse responsiveness to critical patient monitor and ventilator alarms in the context of a private room neonatal intensive care setting. METHODS: The study design comprised of both a questionnaire and video monitoring of nurse-responsiveness to critical alarms...
2017: PloS One
Susan A Salladay
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October 2017: Journal of Christian Nursing: a Quarterly Publication of Nurses Christian Fellowship
Mohammad Mizanur Rahman, Chalie Charoenlarpnopparut, Prapun Suksompong, Pisanu Toochinda, Attaphongse Taparugssanagorn
Electronic noses (E-Noses) are becoming popular for food and fruit quality assessment due to their robustness and repeated usability without fatigue, unlike human experts. An E-Nose equipped with classification algorithms and having open ended classification boundaries such as the k-nearest neighbor (k-NN), support vector machine (SVM), and multilayer perceptron neural network (MLPNN), are found to suffer from false classification errors of irrelevant odor data. To reduce false classification and misclassification errors, and to improve correct rejection performance; algorithms with a hyperspheric boundary, such as a radial basis function neural network (RBFNN) and generalized regression neural network (GRNN) with a Gaussian activation function in the hidden layer should be used...
September 12, 2017: Sensors
Marc Wilken, Dirk Hüske-Kraus, Andreas Klausen, Christian Koch, Wolfgang Schlauch, Rainer Röhrig
The term "Alarm fatigue" is commonly used to describe the effect which a high number of alarms can have on caregivers: Frequent alarms, many of which are avoidable, can lead to inadequate responses, severely impacting patient safety. In the first step of a long-term effort to address this problem, both the direct and indirect impact of alarms, as well as possible causes of unnecessary alarms were focused. Models of these causes and impacts were developed using a scoping review which included guided interviews with experts from medical informatics, clinicians and medical device manufacturers...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Hessam Roodaki, Navid Navab, Abouzar Eslami, Christopher Stapleton, Nassir Navab
Sonic interaction as a technique for conveying information has advantages over conventional visual augmented reality methods specially when augmenting the visual field with extra information brings distraction. Sonification of knowledge extracted by applying computational methods to sensory data is a well-established concept. However, some aspects of sonic interaction design such as aesthetics, the cognitive effort required for perceiving information, and avoiding alarm fatigue are not well studied in literature...
August 10, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
Terje Solvoll, Harald Arntsen, Gunnar Hartvigsen
Surveys and research show that mobile communication systems in hospital settings are old and cause frequent interruptions. In the quest to remedy this, an Android based communication system called CallMeSmart tries to encapsulate most of the frequent communication into one hand held device focusing on reducing interruptions and at the same time make the workday easier for healthcare workers. The objective of CallMeSmart is to use context-awareness techniques to automatically monitor the availability of physicians' and nurses', and use this information to prevent or route phone calls, text messages, pages and alarms that would otherwise compromise patient care...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Kendall R Johnson, James I Hagadorn, David W Sink
Clinical alarm systems have received significant attention in recent years following warnings from hospital accrediting and health care technology organizations regarding patient harm caused by unsafe practices. Alarm desensitization or fatigue from frequent, false, or unnecessary alarms, has led to serious events and even patient deaths. Other concerns include settings inappropriate to patient population or condition, inadequate staff training, and improper use or disabling. Research on human factors in alarm response and of functionality of medical devices will help clinicians develop appropriate policies, practices, and device settings for clinical alarms in neonatal intensive care units...
September 2017: Clinics in Perinatology
Benedikt Lorenz, Jürgen Peters, Ulrich H Frey
Due to growing technisation of intensive care the number of devices with integrated alarm systems is steadily increasing. However, most of the sounding alarms are false alarms causing high levels of frustration, aggression and inappropriate behaviour amongst the medical personnel. All this jeopardises patient care. The high number of alarms also disturb the patients interrupting their sleep and provokes anxiety, and also increases the already high noise level in intensive care units and the operating theatre alike...
July 2017: Anästhesiologie, Intensivmedizin, Notfallmedizin, Schmerztherapie: AINS
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