The purpose of this article is to describe the impact of an evidence-based alarm management strategy on patient safety. An alarm management program reduced alarms up to 30%. Evaluation of patients on continuous cardiac monitoring showed a 3.5% decrease in census. This alarm management strategy has the potential to save $136 500 and 841 hours of registered nurses' time per year. No patient harm occurred during the 2-year project.
Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids, Michigan (Dr Turmell and Ms Majeski); Rush University College of Nursing, Chicago, Illinois (Dr Coke); and Michigan State University, Lansing, (Mss Catinella and Hosford).
Correspondence: Jacob W. Turmell, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, NP-C, CCRN-CMC, firstname.lastname@example.org
The authors declare no conflicts of interest.
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Accepted for publication: June 18, 2016
Published ahead of print: August 5, 2016