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Hospitals look to reduce danger of ‘alarm fatigue’

By February 17, 2015August 17th, 2023No Comments

Alarms rule the hospital sound space. At any given time, a nurse in a hospital will be taking in multiple alarm sounds. Each alarm means something, but their importance can vary and no matter how important an alarm may be, the nurses in the hospital must check on them as a patient’s life may hang in the balance. However, with the continual disruption of false or less significant alarms, nurses may face complacency when responding to alarms known as alarm fatigue.

This complacency or fatigue can be dangerous. A number of non-profit research groups and even hospital accreditation firms recognize that disregard alarms cause the deaths of patients. Hospitals need to ensure that their staff do not become desensitized to the constant sounding of alarms for the safety and health of all patients. If you or a loved were injured or killed as a result of medical malpractice such as the ignoring of alarms, please call the experienced medical malpractice attorneys at the Mitchell Leeds, LLP. Get your free consultation by calling 415-702-9928.