Double Trouble: Patients With Both True and False Arrhythmia Alarms

Author(s): Stella Chiu Nguyen, MS, RN, Sukardi Suba, MS, RN, ACCNS-AG, Xiao Hu, PhD, Michele M. Pelter, PhD, RN

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP B 1.00

Expires Apr 30, 2023

Topics: Cardiovascular, ECG, Patient Safety

Population: Adult

Role: Staff, APRN, Educator

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Excessive alarms during ECG monitoring, most of which are false, can lead to alarm fatigue in nurses. This study was design to examine the unique problem of patients who have both true and false ECG arrhythmia alarms.


  • Identify 3 responses to alarm fatigue during ECG monitoring that can negatively impact patient safety.
  • Identify at least 2 confounders that are associated with a higher rate of true and false arrhythmia alarms.
  • Define what is meant by the term outlier patient with regards to ECG alarms.

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