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‘Alarm Fatigue’ Cited In Patient Death At UMass Memorial

UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester is stepping up efforts to prevent nurses from tuning out monitor warning alarms following the death of a patient whose alarms signaling a fast heart rate and potential breathing problems went unanswered for nearly an hour.

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  1. kenstahl says

    This article is a perfect follow up to our last post on error producing conditions. We often walk through the ICU with respirator and monitor alarms ringing all around us and don’t hear them because its almost (but not never) anything to be concerned about but an alarm from the patient moving around. Yet what if an endotracheal tube was disconnected or a patient was really in V-tach and not motion? This errors are the result of human physiology and we need to be aware and on guard for them.



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