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Right Care Vignette winner sounds the alarm on unnecessary bed alarms

February 2, 2017

by Judith Garber, MPP

What do you do when your patient’s well-being is threatened by rules beyond your control? St. Louis University School of Medicine resident Stephanie Cull, MD, faced this challenge when she realized that the guidelines for bed alarm placement were causing many of her patients to be unnecessarily trapped in their beds. Bed alarms are intended to prevent hospital falls, but can severely restrict patient mobility. The alarm is built into the hospital bed and beeps when the patient attempts to get out of bed.

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