Blood Clots, Must Reads, Opioid Safety, Patient Stories, Respiratory Compromise

Weekly Must Reads in Patient Safety (Nov 7, 2014)

This week’s must-reads bring the worst possible news: patient deaths. Read More

Alarm Fatigue, Opioid Safety, Respiratory Compromise

For Improving Patient Safety and Reducing Nuisance Alarms, Evidence Points to Revising Default Settings

by Sean Power and Michael Wong

Alarm fatigue and nuisance alarms put patient safety at risk. The Joint Commission’s Sentinel Event Alert on alarm safety states that between 85 percent and 99 percent of alarm signals do not require clinical intervention — and these nuisance alarms desensitize clinicians. Read More