Infusion Pump Alarm Relay System by Visalarm: An affordable solution to alarm fatigue faced by healthcare workers.
Nurses, physicians, and hospital workers in the Emergency and Intensive Care Units respond to an average of 350 alarms per day, per person. IV Pump alarms account for nearly 50% of all alarms and up to 85% – 99% of these alarms end up being false positives. The IV Pump also is not integrated into hospital centralized alarm systems due to the high costs and maintenance requirements. This leads to hospital workers becoming overwhelmed and desensitized to these noises collectively creating the issue of alarm fatigue, which can lead to decreased response times and in the worst cases, patient death. Our team has created an IV Pump Alarm Relay System (IPARS) to help hospital workers easily locate the source of the alarm without noise to the environment. IPARS consists of two modules, a microphone-based detection module, and a wireless LED module. Using a sensor to detect signals from an IV pump, IPARS lights up an LED which can be attached outside a patient room. The light then alerts hospitals workers of the location of the alarm while removing added noise to the environment. After testing, we have met our critical design inputs with our product having 100% sensitivity and 100% specificity. Our product is estimated to have a total addressable market of 4.3 million dollars a serviceable market of 3.2 million in the US. Ultimately, IPARS is an affordable solution that can reduce the issue of alarm fatigue for hospitals across the country.
Ray Snider (B.S. Registered Nurse, M.S. Nursing Administration)