John Zaleski, PhD, CAP, CPHIMS, Chief Analytics Officer of Bernoulli, the real-time leader in patient safety, is featured in the May/June cover story of RT Magazine, “Patient Monitoring and Alarm Fatigue.”
The article notes that alarm fatigue continues to remain a significant patient safety threat and details how clinicians can mitigate this problem.
Zaleski says that hospitals and health systems need better understanding of their current state environment, including clinical workflows, patient cohorts, and assessments in order to develop comprehensive guidelines and protocols for clinical alarm management.
As for solutions, Zaleski recommends one with integration capabilities. “Combinatorial alarms take multiple sources of information and bring it together to corroborate events. This is not simply limited to data extracted in real time from patient care devices at the point of care, but also can be drawn from ancillary sources.”
The use of opioids for treatment of acute post-operative pain is rather commonplace, but patients with obstructed sleep apnea are at risk for respiratory arrest and depression, which can lead to anoxic brain injury or death if left unattended, writes Bernoulli Chief Analytics Officer John Zaleski, PhD, CAP, CPHIMS, in an article published in HIMSS FutureCare.
However, continuous electronic monitoring of these patient populations presents considerable challenges to many hospitals and health systems, including lack of continuous bedside monitoring devices, alarm fatigue and lack of coverage for patients at risk.
Zaleski explores the technology, staff education, and real-time data requirements necessary to improve this patient safety threat.