March 26, 2012
FDA working to trim hospital ‘alarm fatigue’
Steps up review that beeping devices undergo before they hit market
The US Food and Drug Administration is seeking to reduce “alarm fatigue’’ in hospitals by intensifying its pre-market review of medical devices that sound alarms and could contribute to the desensitization of nurses - a problem that the Globe reported last year was linked to hundreds of deaths. The agency is providing additional training on alarm standards and alarm safety to its reviewers, who are responsible for scrutinizing 4,000 applications a year from device manufacturers.