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August 14, 2014
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Alarm fatigue and patient safety:
ANA SmartBrief special report, Part II
Addressing alarm safety is a National Patient Safety Goal of the Joint Commission. This ANA SmartBrief special report is designed to bring you news about alarm management as well as other patient safety-related issues. Learn more from the Joint Commission's report on alarm safety and this discussion of reducing alarm fatigue. Part I was be published on July 10.
Alarm Fatigue 
  • Hospital gets direct to cut noise, improve safety
    Inspira Health Network is working to reduce noise from alerts, alarms and pages by increasing direct communication among clinicians and patients. The effort also has had the effect of reducing callback times, and the next step could be a move toward HIPAA-compliant texting that would let nurses create active alerts. H&HN Magazine online (7/15)
  • Handbook focuses on alarm safety in hospitals
    A guide from the ECRI Institute is intended to help hospitals reduce alarm fatigue and promote patient safety. "We hope hospitals look to this as a blueprint for building a sound alarm management safety process," Vice President James P. Keller Jr. said. FierceHealthIT (8/7)
  • Hourly rounds reduce use of call lights in nurses' study
    A study in the Journal of Healthcare Quality found that implementing an hourly rounding process for nurses was associated with reduced use of call lights. No significant difference was seen in patient satisfaction scores at discharge, but patients had positive things to say about how quickly call lights were answered, according to researchers at the Texas Women's University College of Nursing. (8/1)
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Patient Safety 
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The Ultimate Educational Series on Clinical Alarm Management
If your hospital's alarm conditions are giving you high blood pressure, this webinar series is for you. Each webinar offers guidance to help strengthen your alarm safety strategy. Learn from industry experts how to develop sustainable alarm management policies to reduce alarm fatigue and protect patients from safety risks. Click here to register.
Trends and Technology 
ANA Resources 
  • Medical alarm safety in hospitals
    Patients and their families often say they can't wait to get home so they can finally get some rest -- in part because of all the beeps and buzzes coming from IV machines, cardiac monitors and other medical equipment. That cacophony of sounds also can have a negative effect on nurses and other health care professionals -- a phenomenon known as "alarm fatigue" caused by sensory overload. Read more at The American Nurse.

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