Alarm fatigue: a roadmap for mitigating the cacophony of beeps

Dimens Crit Care Nurs. 2014 Jan-Feb;33(1):4-7. doi: 10.1097/DCC.0000000000000014.


The phenomenon known as alarm fatigue is the direct result of excessive alarms in hospitals. This article highlights the effects of alarm fatigue and reviews current clinical recommendations and guidelines to raise nurse awareness and provide tools to combat the problem.

MeSH terms

  • Attention*
  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Clinical Alarms*
  • Humans
  • Man-Machine Systems*
  • Medical Errors / prevention & control
  • Noise, Occupational*
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital*
  • Patient Safety*
  • Workload