Joint Commission Issues Alert on Medical Device Alarm Fatigue

The Joint Commission on April 8 issued a Sentinel Event Alert to hospitals, imploring leaders to take a focused look at the serious risk caused by “alarm fatigue” from medical devices.

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Comments (2)
Alarms for medical devices are prescribed in IEC 60601-1-8 which is a companion standard to 60601-1-6 Usability. Alarms HAVE to be virtually identical to indicate various degrees of hazard, so I can imagine that it would get interesting in a room with a dozen instruments and more so in a ward with many rooms. But in order to get clearance to market an individual device the standards must be followed.

My opinion, not connected with any organization.
Posted by TomMariner | Monday, April 08 2013 at 1:35PM ET
An urgent study of "face to EMR" in comparison to "face to patient" time of the nurse is a worthwhile study to do. Starign at EMR screen and doign useless data entry may be the source of lot of problems in hospital procedure rooms today.
Posted by nsmurali | Monday, April 08 2013 at 5:23PM ET
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