Healthcare News & Insights

New for 2016: Joint Commission updates alarm guidelines

The Joint Commission has updated the standards hospitals must follow for their patient alarm systems in 2016. And your facility will need to know the details on the new guidelines to stay in compliance and keep patients safe. 

ECRI’s Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2016

Technology: Hospitals need it to stay competitive, doctors need it to improve patient care with greater precision and safety, and staff need it to enhance workflow. These are all pluses. But, as usual, with the pluses come minuses. That’s why ECRI released its Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2016. 

Keys to fighting alarm fatigue in clinicians

When patient alarms go off multiple times an hour, doctors and nurses can get desensitized to them. This makes it hard for them to properly care for patients and puts patient safety at risk. 

Make ED information systems safer: 4 common errors to avoid

For the most part, healthcare professionals see emergency department information systems (EDIS) as a positive. They provide legible documentation, retrieve past information and decrease practice variability. However, EDISs can also contribute to medical errors. Knowing what to look for and how to avoid these errors can keep your hospital out of hot water. 

Are your physicians immune to the sound of medical device alarms?

Electrocardiogram (ECG) machines, pulse oximetry devices, blood pressure monitors, infusion pumps, ventilators — and the list goes on — all have alarms in them to warn healthcare professionals when something isn’t right. But are your nurses and doctors hearing them?

Hospital takes aim at alarm fatigue after two patient deaths

After two cases of patients dying in part due to nurses ignoring their alarms, a Boston-area hospital is taking action. 

Growing problem: ‘Alarm fatigue’ blamed in patient fatality

All the alarms in the world can’t protect a patient in crisis if the people monitoring those alarms ignore or turn them off. That’s the hard lesson recently learned at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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