Dräger Alarm Management Solution
Patient alarms play a vital role in protecting patients in intensive care units by allowing timely responses by caregivers. However, the potentially overwhelming number of acoustic alarms poses different challenges that need to be managed systematically to avoid adverse events.
A noisy ICU environment can lead patients and caregivers to develop delirium and stress. Over 30% of patients treated in the ICUs become confused or develop delirium. Standard ICUs recorded noise levels above 45 dBA at all times, over the suggested 35 dBA by the World Health Organisation (WHO)1.
At an ICU bed, up to 350 alarms can occur per day, of which up to 95% are clinically irrelevant2. This sensory overload can lead to alarm fatigue in healthcare providers, resulting in desensitisation to alarms and even missed alarms.