The importance of the alarms to patients with immediate needs

Whenever the patients keep track of their beep wrongfully, the health workers along with the doctors can actually get the alarm fatigue and they actually miss the warnings that must be taken into considerations. In the hospitals, the alarms on the monitoring devices of the patients actually make a dissonance of noise throughout the day, thus beeping or the ringing are being neglected by the doctors or the health workers or they just turn them off or they just stop to hear them by choice. At present, the hospitals are actually embracing the solutions to eradicate the alarms, while making sure that the staffs will never miss the alerts that may show signs of a life threatening problem.

There’s a smart technology and it is quite accurate in terms of keeping track and in giving help to the health workers when it comes to the false alarms, to call the attention of the nurses to real life emergency cases and to also know the patients who are actually weakening even before the alarm signals a real problem. As much as 90% of the alarms are wrongful or they do not need any immediate attention according to a study.  However, whenever the staffs become insensitive, there is a syndrome known as the alarm fatigue and they usually overlook the signs that are important when it comes to wrongful acts that lead to mortality.

The rates of death related to neglected alarms

There were more than 130 cases of mortality in 2010 until June of 2015 linked to the alarm system failures, like a nurse turning off the alarm of a patient while attending to the needs of another patient. This can be prevented no matter how serious it is, since it can kill people. Yearly, there were numbers of data growing, since something linked to alarm management have been coming up, according to the medical director for health and improvement. According to Dr. Wyatt, the patients along with their families can actually play an essential role by publicizing themselves with the monitors that they are using and they are asking for the alarms that are within the value that are not recommended.

Along with highly exposed mortality linked to the problems about the alarms, the Joint Commission has set the safety alarm as a national patient safety objective in 2013 and it also gave the hospitals until January of 2014 to be able to come up with safety policies as well as processes in place with the programs to teach the staffs about certain problem like when the alarms start it can be turned off, if the setting of the monitors must be changed, it is also possible and who will be given the power to set the alarm and to turn it off