What are the consequences of alarm fatigue?
This excess of false alarms has consequences for a hospital or nursing home on various levels:
Patient and client safety
Due to the large number of false or irrelevant alarms, clinical alarms that do require action are missed. This seriously jeopardises the safety of patients and clients.
Patients or clients injured by an overflow of alarms can result in costly consequences such as transfer from a nursing home to a hospital, the ICU, a longer hospital stay and lawsuits.
Many alarms are accompanied by an audible warning on the (medical) device itself. These constant beeps cause a lot of noise and inconvenience for the patient or client, which has a negative impact on a rapid recovery.
Nurse productivity decreases because they spend too much time responding to unnecessary alarms.
An overflow of alarms causes nurses to become stressed and irritated, which can result in a burn-out and absenteeism.
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