According to a 2013 study by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN), 72 percent to 99 percent of clinical alarms are false. One East Coast hospital reported more than 59,000 alarm conditions over a 12-day period.
The fatigue this creates among clinicians is a serious issue that impacts productivity, job satisfaction and, most importantly, patient safety. When a nurse is spending valuable time responding to a false alarm, this simultaneously takes that nurse away from real and critical patient care needs.
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