Infographic: Medical Device Alarm Safety in Hospitals

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013
This post was written by Patricia Donovan

Many medical devices have alarm systems. These alarm-equipped devices are essential to providing safe care to patients in many healthcare settings; clinicians depend on these devices for information they need to deliver appropriate care and to guide treatment decisions.

However, as shown in this infographic from The Joint Commission, these devices present a multitude of challenges and opportunities for healthcare organizations when their alarms create similar sounds, when their default settings are not changed, and when there is a failure to respond to their alarm signals.

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