'Alarm fatigue' reduction efforts underway by FDA, Joint Commission

Desensitization to alarms on medical devices continues to be a problem for hospitals throughout the United States, so much so that both the Food and Drug Administration and The Joint Commission are ramping up efforts to curb the safety issue, FierceHealth IT reported. The Joint Commission is taking the route of increasing training to employees who are responsible for reviewing such devices on alarm standards and safety, according to The Boston Globe. The FDA, meanwhile, will survey roughly 4,500 hospitals and 1,000 long-term care facilities to get a better understanding of what needs to be done, according to the Globe. --Read the full article on FierceHealthIT

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