Telemetry Monitoring: Improvement Strategies for Everyone
Keywords:telemetry, cardiac, monitoring, alarm fatigue
Anyone who has worked in the clinical setting with telemetry monitoring recognizes this constant sound representing a patient’s heartbeat. Just as a guard stands watch, it reassures us that a patient is safe and well. However, over time the sounds of telemetry can also become background noise. What happens when the noise stops? Do you notice?
Alarm fatigue occurs when individuals are desensitized to the overabundance of alarms, leading to a delayed response to actionable alarms. The Patient Safety Authority (PSA) heard the warning alarm and ran towards the challenge.
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