Several national regulatory and standard-setting bodies (including the Joint Commission, ECRI, the FDA, and the National Patient Safety Foundation) have designated alarm fatigue as the #1 technology hazard in hospitals due to its contribution to hundreds of patient deaths. Further, national HCAHPS scores and an independent survey of more than 600 hospital executives reinforce that noise is the #1 challenge hospitals must address to improve the patient experience. Representatives of the Facility Guidelines Institute's Acoustics Working Group/Task Force on Alarm Fatigue will discuss how simple, cost-effective modifications to the built environment can help reduce the noise problem.
This session will enable participants to:
Discuss how failure to provide patients with quiet rooms affects clinical outcomes and staff well-being.
Explain how facility design is one part of the response to alarm fatigue.
Describe several physical environment features that can be applied to help reduce alarm fatigue.
Explain the Joint Commission requirements instituted by the organization’s National Patient Safety Goal on managing alarm fatigue.
BSc, MD, MPH,
President and Professor (guest),
J Bara Innovation/University of Oslo, Norway