The incessant beeping from patient monitors on 7 North was so grating that nurses avoided filling in there. Among those who did work on the Boston Medical Center cardiac unit, tensions flared over whose turn it was to respond. Patients left exhausted after sleepless nights, and cardiologists couldn’t concentrate while discussing cases.
The beeps warning of potential heart problems, many of them false alarms, were so constant—hundreds a day—that nurses sometimes missed important alarms entirely.
But now, Boston Medical Center has slashed the number of unneeded alarms and is considered a national model, as new patient safety standards take effect Jan. 1 that will require all hospitals to reduce “alarm fatigue.’’ Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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