Device Makers Can Play Bigger Role In Combating Alarm Fatigue - Clinicians
This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet
Nurses and other hospital workers want manufacturers to offer them greater flexibility in customizing device settings to the needs of individual hospital units or patients to help reduce the incidence of nuisance alarms
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