Alarm safety tops patient safety list, but medication errors are still a focal point

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

June 23, 2015

Is it possible to get fatigued of fatigue? It’s a thought that may have entered the mind of patient safety officers after seeing alarm hazards sitting atop this year’s list of patient safety priorities.

By now, hospitals should be familiar with the myriad issues surrounding alarm safety, including alarm fatigue, but awareness hasn’t appeared to have solved the problem. Alarm hazards have notched the top spot on the “Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for 2015,” released by ECRI Institute in April. The same issue also showed up at the top of ECRI’s “Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2015,” released in November (for more on that list, see the February 2015 issue of Patient Safety Monitor Journal.

Although alarm hazards are new to the patient safety list, it’s been among the top technology concerns since ECRI began publishing in 2007. However, the patient safety report encourages hospitals to “look beyond alarm fatigue” and focus on issues surrounding alarm configuration that adversely impact patients.

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