Best Practice Alarm Fatigue

In alarm fatigue, Patient Safety on November 5, 2010 at 11:54 am

I thought I would share references from a recent literature search on alarm fatigue and cardiorespiratory monitoring of patients.


Bell, L. (2010). Monitor alarm fatigue. American Journal of Critical Care, 19(1), 38-38. doi:10.4037/ajcc2010641

Burgess, L. P. A., Herdman, T. H., Berg, B. W., Feaster, W. W., Hebsur, S. (2009). Alarm limit settings for early warning systems to identify at-risk patients. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 65(9), 1844-1852. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2648.2009.05048.x

Bustamante, E. A., Bliss, J. P., & Anderson, B. L. (2007). Effects of varying the threshold of alarm systems and workload on human performance. Ergonomics, 50(7), 1127-1147. doi:10.1080/00140130701237345

Graham, K. C., & Cvach, M. (2010). Monitor alarm fatigue: Standardizing use of physiological monitors and decreasing nuisance alarms. American Journal of Critical Care, 19(1), 28-35. doi:10.4037/ajcc2010651

Korniewicz, D. M., Clark, T., & David, Y. (2008). A national online survey on the effectiveness of clinical alarms. American Journal of Critical Care, 17(1), 36-41.

McKinney, M. (2010). Alarm fatigue sets off bells. Modern Healthcare, 40(15), 14-14.

O’Brien, L. (2008). Technology has created an alarm management crisis. Hydrocarbon Processing, 87(4), 123-125.

Parker, B. (2010). How to avoid alarm overload with centralized alarm management. Power, 154(2), 38-41.

Sheppard, G. (2004). Expert warns nodding-off alarms offer false safety. Commercial Motor, 199(5085), 18-18.

Williamson, J. E. (2010). Monitors plug into hospitals’ care, quality needs. Healthcare Purchasing News, 34(5), 20-26.

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