Insights into the problem of alarm fatigue with physiologic monitor devices: a comprehensive observational study of consecutive intensive care unit patients.

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PloS one, ISSN: 1932-6203, Vol: 9, Issue: 10, Page: e110274

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Barbara J. Drew; Patricia Harris; Jessica K. Zègre-Hemsey; Tina Mammone; Daniel Schindler; Rebeca Salas-Boni; Yong Bai; Adelita Tinoco; Quan Ding; Xiao Hu; Larisa G. Tereshchenko Show More Hide
Public Library of Science (PLoS); Originally published as: Drew J, Harris P, Zegre-Hemsey JK, Mammone T, Schindler D, Salas-Boni R, Bai Y, Tinoco A, Ding Q, Hu X. Insights into the problem of alarm fatigue with physiologic monitor devices: a comprehensive observational study of consecutive intensive care unit patients. PLoS ONE 01/2014; 9(10):e110274; Figshare
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology; Agricultural and Biological Sciences; arrhythmia; electrocardiography; tachycardia; blood pressure; heart rate; measurement equipment; atrial fibrillation; Biological Sciences; user settings; Wide QRS complexes; Consecutive Intensive Care Unit Patients PurposePhysiologic monitors; arrhythmia alarms; Physiologic Monitor Devices; ecg; Low amplitude QRS complexes; alarm settings; Comprehensive Observational Study; bundle branch block; st; alarm annotation protocol; technology acquisition infrastructure; Atrial fibrillation alarms; Critical Care Nursing; Nursing
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Physiologic monitors are plagued with alarms that create a cacophony of sounds and visual alerts causing "alarm fatigue" which creates an unsafe patient environment because a life-threatening event may be missed in this milieu of sensory overload. Using a state-of-the-art technology acquisition infrastructure, all monitor data including 7 ECG leads, all pressure, SpO(2), and respiration waveforms as well as user settings and alarms were stored on 461 adults treated in intensive care units. Using a well-defined alarm annotation protocol, nurse scientists with 95% inter-rater reliability annotated 12,671 arrhythmia alarms.