Study says hospital alarms pose risk for patients

A recent report by the Food and Drug Administration said that there have been nearly 560 deaths every year due to hospital alarms

By Healthcare Facilities Today
March 20, 2014

Hospital alarms are a potential health hazard to patients who spend a great amount of time in the facility, a study by the University of Michigan and the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System said.

Redesigning the hospital alarm may lower the risk for patients, according to an article on the Science World Report website.

A recent report by the Food and Drug Administration said that there have been nearly 560 deaths every year due to hospital alarms. 

The hospital alarms can be made safer by redesigning them to make them less or more intrusive based on the seriousness of the event and incorporate a technology that sends alarms calls in a manner that can lead to less noise, the study said.

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