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Pump Alarms Turned Off by Clinicians

11 months ago
Pump Alarms Turned Off by Clinicians

Alarms Created to Protect

There exist high alert medications (HAM) or medications that represent a heightened risk of patient harm when used in error. IV smart pumps with alarm systems were created to help address medication administration errors. 

Study Demonstrates Disabling of Alarms

A recent study demonstrated these systems are often turned off as much as (73.8%) of the time.

 Alert Fatigue Among Clinicians

These findings indicate that the majority of alerts generated are bypassed by clinicians suggesting, a symptom of alert fatigue. This study suggests the potential for significant patient harm with these medicatons.  This study provides further support for clinician-driven IV smart pump innovation to improve alert fatigue.

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