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Authors

  1. Turmell, Jacob W. DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, NP-C, CCRN-CMC
  2. Coke, Lola PhD, ACNS-BC, RN-BC, FAHA, FPCNA
  3. Catinella, Rachel MSN, RN, SG-CNS, CCRN, CNRN
  4. Hosford, Tracy MSN, RN, AG-CNS, PCCN
  5. Majeski, Amy MHA, BSN, RN, NE-BC

Abstract

The purpose of this article is to describe the impact of an evidence-based alarm management strategy on patient safety. An alarm management program reduced alarms up to 30%. Evaluation of patients on continuous cardiac monitoring showed a 3.5% decrease in census. This alarm management strategy has the potential to save $136 500 and 841 hours of registered nurses' time per year. No patient harm occurred during the 2-year project.