The increasing adoption of smart digital devices like nurse call systems has brought many benefits to nursing and aged care nurses in recent years.
Whilst this has enabled frontline staff to manage their care tasks more effectively, these efficiency gains have come with the unexpected downside of ‘alarm fatigue’ in the aged care environment.
Alarm fatigue was first identified in 2012 when the US Joint Commission, which accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 US health care organisations and programs, issued a warning about its effects.
The Commission’s Report stated that, “Alarm fatigue occurs when nurses are so bombarded by alarm signals that they become desensitised, resulting in missed alarms and delayed response times.” Research carried out over a 5-year period suggested that between 72 and 99 per cent of clinical alarms were false.
According to a report by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2013), “Technology has greatly impacted the nurses’ ability to provide safe and effective care. As advances in technology guide innovation in healthcare, the nursing profession must readily adapt. Alarm fatigue has steadily emerged as a priority safety concern due to the continuing development of alarm systems. Addressing this problem will greatly benefit the nursing profession.”
Queensland based supplier of Nurse Call Systems, Electrotek understand the criticality of providing affordable state of the art nurse call systems to Australian nurses and carers.
Theo Kuppens, Electrotek Managing Director explained “As a major industry supplier we saw that alarm fatigue was a key issue to be addressed. Our unique INDUNA wireless Nurse Call System stands alone in the marketplace. Easy to install, use and maintain our solution engineering now has the capacity to refurbish, enhance or add value to any existing Nurse Call System.”
Contact Theo Kuppens on 1300 767 407 or Email now for a free system review.