Published Tuesday, March 20th, 2018 at 12:12 pm
Members of the multidisciplinary telemetry committee in the Mater Private Hospital are celebrating after winning a prestigious Irish Healthcare Award for their project to reduce alarm fatigue and increased awareness of the importance of appropriate alarm parameters.
Mater Private Hospital staff won the award in the Healthcare Initiative – Patient Safety category for their research into alarm fatigue.
Improper alarm practices remain in the top 10 list of health technology hazards as there is a high risk of staff becoming desensitised to emergency alarms when they are overused or used incorrectly. With this in mind, the team from the Mater Private, comprising clinical facilitators, clinical engineers, ward nurses and a consultant cardiologist, set out to develop a co-ordinated approach to ensure the alarms are managed safely, therefore reducing the risk of patient harm.
Audits were conducted weekly over a 14-week period which demonstrated a significant reduction in the number of audible alarms from over 8,000 to just over 2,000 per week. Patient comfort increased, and the reduction enhanced the focus on priority alarms for all clinical staff.
Commenting on winning the award, Lorraine Kennedy, Clinical Facilitator in the Mater Private and project lead for the Telemetry Alarm Management Project, said; “We are delighted to have won the award for Healthcare Initiative – Patient Safety at the Irish Healthcare Awards for our research and project to reduce alarm fatigue in the hospital. A great deal of time and effort went into collating data and strategising ways in which we could improve patient safety, create a peaceful environment for our patients and enhance staff competency with arrhythmia interpretation.”
The annual Irish Medical Times Irish Healthcare Awards, which were established in 2002, took place on 9th March in the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road.
Pictured at the Irish Healthcare Awards are the winning team from the Mater Private who won the Healthcare Initiative award for patient safety with their project to reduce alarm fatigue.