Mitigating Alarm Fatigue through Intelligent Design

There has been an increasing recognition that alarm fatigue and clinical alarm safety in healthcare settings is a serious risk. Cavanaugh Tocci Associates continues to work to increase awareness of this issue, and several of our senior staff members serve on the Facility Guidelines Institute’s Acoustical Working Group. We are pleased that many recent reports from national news organizations have highlighted this topic, and there are many informative links in this recent piece on NPR:

Although largely seen as an equipment problem, there are a number of issues that can be addressed during the design of a hospital or other critical care area to ensure that the building itself provides appropriate acoustical controls.