Alarm Fatigue In Healthcare

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The use of alarm in healthcare is one of the key technology of improving the safety of patients. Alarms can help save individual patient’s life when providers respond to it, and can avoid fatal consequences when used properly. With the benefits of alarms in healthcare, there are also disadvantages of having one. One disadvantage is called alarm fatigue. Alarm fatigue is “a sensory overload when clinicians are exposed to an excessive number of alarms, which can result in desensitization to alarms and missed alarms.” (Sendelbach & Funk, 2013). Alarm fatigue can interfere with the ability of nurses to perform critical care tasks, and it may cause risk of an error or even cross-contamination. Having a false-alarm in a number of cases can be
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