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Technology Hazards and Alarm Management

Technology Hazards and Alarm Management

ECRI’s Top 10 Technology Hazards report for 2019 pertain to alarm settings on mechanical ventilators and multi-parameter physiologic monitors, respectively, that have led to patient harm, principally through the actions of missing clinically-actionable alarms due to inaccurate alarm sensitivity and specificity.

A Day in the Life of a Telemetry Nurse

A Day in the Life of a Telemetry Nurse

A nursing shift is among the most demanding and stressful of any hospital professional. Alarm inundation and unchecked proliferation only makes that job harder. Here’s how one nurse suggests tackling the problem.

foundation of real-time healthcare

Creating the Foundation for Real-Time Healthcare

The successful implementation of patient monitoring initiatives that improve patient safety has long been a goal of healthcare leaders across the country. Unfortunately, parsing notifications from individual medical devices, reliance on physical spot checks of patients, and the lack of rules-based analytics to assess a patient’s current condition in real-time or identify signs of deterioration puts that achievement out of reach for many hospitals and health systems.

Facilitating and Operationalizing Continuous Surveillance

Facilitating and Operationalizing Continuous Surveillance

Patient safety in the era of value-based care is increasingly defined as preventing adverse events before emergency interventions or costly escalations are required. However, most common monitoring practices are reactive, not proactive; meaning, interventions are often applied only after a patient has deteriorated.

Defining clinical surveillance, Clinical decision support (CDS)

Defining Clinical Surveillance

Clinical decision support (CDS) and clinical surveillance are often used by clinicians as an interchangeable, catch-all category of human- and technology-based capabilities that allow for the observation of patients for the purposes of ensuring safety and optimal outcomes.1