Research Article - Journal of Intensive and Critical Care Nursing (2023) Volume 6, Issue 6
Alarm fatigue and patient safety culture from the perspectives of intensive care unit nurses: a cross-sectional study.
Background and aim: Alarm monitoring is a vital practice in the care of patients in intensive care units, and nurses play a crucial role in this process. However, the abundance of electrical devices and the frequent occurrence of alarms can lead to alarm fatigue, which can be dangerous for patient safety. This study aimed to investigate the correlation between alarm fatigue and patient safety culture from the perspectives of nurses.
Method: This cross-sectional descriptive correlational research collected data from October 2021 to February 2022. The sample was selected through a census method and 220 nurses working in intensive care units of hospitals affiliated with Shiraz university of medical sciences were included. The study used three questionnaires to collect data on background information, alarm fatigue, and patient safety culture. The collected data were analysed using descriptive statistics in SPSS25.
Results: The mean score for alarm fatigue in nurses was 9.58 ± 46.27 out of 85 points, indicating an average level of fatigue. The mean total score for patient safety culture was 23.20 ± 96.08 out of 210 points, indicating an unfavourable level. Spearman correlation coefficient revealed a significant inverse relationship between the patient safety culture and alarm fatigue (P=0.03).
Conclusion: Nurse managers are recommended to organize training courses for nurses. These courses can focus on improving alarm management skills and enhancing nurses' perceptions of patient safety culture.Author(s): Motahareh Bordbar, Farideh Razban, Neda Asadi*, Saiedeh Haji-Maghsoudi