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Volume 43 - Number 5
September/October 2017

Strategies for Managing Alarm Fatigue in the PICU Setting
Kayla L. Jubic

The negative impact of monitor alarm fatigue on registered nurses in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) can be detrimental to patient safety. Identifying ways to recognize alarm fatigue, providing education to increase competence in technology, and using multidisciplinary collaboration can increase patient/family satisfaction in the PICU. Strategies, such as initiating appropriate alarm limit settings and developing a nursing role to continuously monitor alarms, ensure nurses respond appropriately to monitor alarms, thereby increasing patient safety and quality. Nurses in the specialty of pediatrics can use this information to identify interventions to prevent unnecessary monitor alarms and increase patient safety and quality of care.