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Alarm Fatigue: Use of an Evidence-Based Alarm Management Strategy

Turmell, Jacob W. DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, NP-C, CCRN-CMC; Coke, Lola PhD, ACNS-BC, RN-BC, FAHA, FPCNA; Catinella, Rachel MSN, RN, SG-CNS, CCRN, CNRN; Hosford, Tracy MSN, RN, AG-CNS, PCCN; Majeski, Amy MHA, BSN, RN, NE-BC

doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000223

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.

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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,

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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Accepted for publication: June 18, 2016

Published ahead of print: August 5, 2016

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