Reducing Cardiac Telemetry Nuisance Alarms Through Evidence-Based Interventions. Journal Article

Authors: Karapas, ET; Bobay, K
Article Title: Reducing Cardiac Telemetry Nuisance Alarms Through Evidence-Based Interventions.
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Cardiac telemetry nuisance alarms due to leads off and poor signal increase staff workflow interruptions, decrease staff trust in technology, and can compromise patient safety. LOCAL PROBLEM: Interventions were directed at reducing nuisance alarms on a 32-bed, non-intensive care - a cardiac telemetry unit. METHODS: A nursing staff education module with evidence-based practices for reducing nuisance alarms, a daily care protocol for patients on cardiac telemetry monitoring, and daily audits of protocol adherence were implemented. RESULTS: Staff pre- and posttest comparisons on their knowledge relating to nuisance alarms and the evidence-based protocol demonstrated a significant mean increase of 3.02 (95% CI, 2.55-3.48). Daily audits for 7 weeks demonstrated an average of 58.46% staff adherence. Telemetry technician call volume reduction was 16% postimplementation, while nuisance alarms were not reduced significantly. CONCLUSIONS: This rapid-cycle, quality improvement process resulted in minimal reduction in nuisance alarms but improved staff awareness of the issue and reduced workflow interruptions.
Journal Title: Journal of nursing care quality
ISSN: 1550-5065; 1057-3631
Publisher: Unknown  
Date Published: 2021
LUC Authors
  1. Kathleen Bobay
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