Alarms Save Lives

Alarms Save Lives

Alarms have been in use for decades because they solve a real problem. According to a panel discussion on Clinical Alarms by the Premier Safety Institute, patient alarms are one of the most essential means by which nurses are alerted to potential dangers facing patients.Alarms have saved incalculable numbers of patients by alerting medical staff prior to a tragic and costly event.

Most medical facilities have developed processes and procedures to ensure that patients oxygen tanks are full or have enough oxygen to last a certain period of time but the fact is that accidents happen and people forget. Many guidelines tell you to change an oxygen tank once it gets to 500psi-200psi, but what does that even look like on the gauge. If you are a busy nurse, how do you know when the gauge reaches 500psi on Mrs. Smith’s oxygen tank, unless you are constantly managing the gauge on the tank and wasting valuable time?

MIJA’s Critical Alert products provide a simple solution for managing patient’s oxygen tanks. Visual and audible alarms indicate when a patient’s medical oxygen tank needs attention, providing flexibility and peace of mind to focus on patient care. A nurse’s focus should be on taking care of the patient at hand, not another patients oxygen tank status.

Approximately 75% of Critical Alert sales are to facilities that have been tagged by their state’s Department of Health and Human Services for a patient with an empty or low oxygen tank (Tag F328), or had a recent occurrence where a patient ran out of oxygen. Depending on the scope and severity of the tag, facilities have been fined anywhere from $200/ day to $5,000/ day for similar situations. The Critical Alert has proven to significantly decrease the risk that a patient will run out of oxygen, saving both lives, costly fines, and management liability.

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