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Sanford Tries New System to Prevent Alarm Fatigue

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If you've spent any time in a hospital you know it can get pretty hectic, especially with the constant noise of alarms.

It's called alarm fatigue. It basically means that nurses hear patient alarms going off so much during the day that they become desensitized to the sound, which can be pretty dangerous for patients.

Well, Sanford Health has implemented a system that's pretty simple, but it's helping nurses stay more alert to patient calls during their shifts.

"We have a call light system that changes the noise up so the nurses don't become fatigued in the background while they're charting or sitting at the desk. Once you start hearing the same sound over and over again, you tune that sound out," says Noel Miller of Sanford.

 

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