Hum-Dinger: A revolutionary adaptive alarm management system.
Observation: Alarm fatigue is a major problem in hospitals. Hospitals use physiological monitoring systems on their sickest patients alerting healthcare professionals to patients whose health is deteriorating.
Problem: Unfortunately, from 70% to 99% of alarms, depending on the hospital unit, do not signal any important clinical change and can be safely disregarded. When faced with these high false alarm-rates, healthcare professionals develop alarm fatigue as they are desensitized, leading to a failure of timely response to appropriate alarms.
Need: A way to address alarm fatigue in nurses and physicians that increases the percentage of actionable alarms while improving workflow and decreasing adverse patient outcomes. In 2013, the Joint Commission made Alarm Safety a National Patient Safety Goal. As of January 1, 2016 hospitals are required to develop and implement specific policies and procedures to address Alarm Safety