The Joint Commission has issued a warning to providers about the dangers of alarm fatigue, which can occur when clinicians become desensitized to the incessant beeping of medical device alarms. The organization cautioned that various alarm systems — including ventilators, blood pressure monitors and infusion pumps — may undermine resident safety.
RF Technologies has announced the release of renewed alarm units for its Sensatec Fall Management Solution. Refreshed models have a faster audible cadence, which helps providers differentiate between Sensatec and other alarming devices. In addition, the ST630 and ST640 models feature new volume control buttons. Combined, these features can help operators reduce costs and liability exposure, the firm notes
Nursing homes may have cut down on their use of restraints, but they continue to use alarms, which are just as harmful to residents' well-being.