Title

Physiologic Monitor Alarm Rates at 5 Children's Hospitals.

Year of Publication

2018

Number of Pages

396-8

Date Published

2018 Jun 1

ISSN Number

1553-5606

Abstract

<p>Alarm fatigue has been linked to patient morbidity and mortality in hospitals due to delayed or absent responses to monitor alarms. We sought to describe alarm rates at 5 freestanding children's hospitals during a single day and the types of alarms and proportions of patients monitored by using a point-prevalence, cross-sectional study design. We collected audible alarms on all inpatient units and calculated overall alarm rates and rates by alarm type per monitored patient per day. We found a total of 147,213 alarms during the study period, with 3-fold variation in alarm rates across hospitals among similar unit types. Across hospitals, onequarter of monitored beds were responsible for 71%, 61%, and 63% of alarms in medical-surgical, neonatal intensive care, and pediatric intensive care units, respectively. Future work focused on addressing nonactionable alarms in patients with the highest alarm counts may decrease alarm rates.</p>

DOI

10.12788/jhm.2918

Alternate Title

J Hosp Med

PMID

29694462

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