“Alarms in Emergency Rooms Rarely Important, Which Can Desensitize Staff”
Ya think? It never ceases to amaze me how people design things for us with no understanding of our working conditions. Sometimes it seems they got their idea of how medical care is done by watching TV shows. And it shouldn’t but it still does amaze me that our overlords just don’t give a hoot. Surely someone must have told them about alarm fatigue once or twice in the past few decades.
Sometimes you just have to do a study to persuade people about obvious reality, so someone did and good for them. Now we know just how bad it is.
During a total of 53 hours, 1049 alarms went off, associated with 146 patients. Alarms changed the clinical management of a patient just eight times, or 0.8% of the time. ER staff did not respond to 63% of the alarms.” And the worst part is that many of these monitors could be set for the patient’s condition. If they come in with a heart rate of 130, you set it to let you know if it’s over 150 or whatever. But the overlords in some hospitals won’t allow it to be adjusted!
No, no staff ever have to be able to hear themselves think, and patients never need to relax. And there’s no such thing as being hypersensitive to sound, though there’s plenty of peaceful shoppers at my local grocery store during the hour they dim the lights, make no announcements, and turn off or diminish the sounds of all the machines.
And we sure don’t need a noise that can break through the cacophony to tell us when a patient really needs attention, now do we?
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