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Health & wellness

Joint Commission to hospitals: Tackle problem of alarm fatigue among staff

The national organization that accredits hospitals is proposing a new patient safety goal: hospitals must urgently tackle the failure of medical staff to respond to patient alarms, a common phenomenon known as alarm fatigue.

The Joint Commission previously, in 2004, made improving alarm safety part of its national patient safety goals, which signaled it was a top priority. However, the agency soon dropped the goal, thinking that hospitals had solved the problem.

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