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Website spotlight: Technology overload: An alarming danger

Nurse Leader Insider, May 16, 2011

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Beep. Beep. Beep.

The telltale noise of a hospital is the bleeps, the sweeps, and the creeps of the many machines hospital patients are hooked up to during their stay. These machines have alarms—as many as 400 per patient—and many are important. They alert staff if a patient needs immediate care.

But those alarms can become such an ingrained part of the background noise that frontline staff may no longer recognize when an important alarm is sounding. Just as a mother of three small children may no longer pay attention to their screaming, with so much noise, nurses may not hear what they need to in order to provide safe care.

Editor's note: Read the rest of this free article by visiting Technology overload: An alarming danger found in the Reading Room at www.StrategiesForNurseManagers.com

*Do you need continuing education (CE) credits? Check out this month’s CE article, Evaluating outcomes demonstrates value of education or visit our archives and view a compilation of CE articles (marked with an asterisk).



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