Making alarms smarter is not just about reducing false alerts, but also about improving patient outcomes. That’s why clinicians are seeking new ways to optimize alarms — including customizing parameters and using data algorithms.

Here’s why: After implementing automated vital signs monitors at 12 general wards, one study found a 13 percent increase in survival rate.([FOOTNOTE=Bellomo R, Ackerman M, Bailey M, et al. A controlled trial of electronic automated advisory vital signs monitoring in general hospital wards. Crit Care Med. 2012;40(8):2349–2361. doi: 10.1097/CCM.0b013e318255d9a0.],[ANCHOR=],[LINK=]),†  



At the Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC, one team integrated wireless communication devices with remote patient monitors. The change helped prioritize requests, triage calls, and manage code blue alarms.([FOOTNOTE=Turisco F, Rhoads, J. Equipped for Efficiency: Improving Nursing Care Through Technology. Published Dec. 2008. Accessed Jan. 29, 2012. ],[ANCHOR=California Health Care Foundation Website],[LINK=https://www.chcf.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/PDF-EquippedForEfficiency.pdf])

The results:6

  • Decreased call response times — from three minutes and 10 seconds to 34 seconds
  • Nurses reported fewer interruptions

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  • † Among patients transferred to a higher acuity ward following rapid response team treatment.