The Joint Commission named "the reduction of harm associated with clinical alarm systems" as its sixth goal in its 2020 National Patient Safety Goals.1 85-99% of clinical alarms do not require an intervention, many of these being false, leads-off alarms. 2
A study was done to determine if there were differences in the frequency of false ECG alarms and true crisis events between reusable and Kendall DL™ single-patient-use ECG lead wires.
2 Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation. A Siren Call to Action; Priority Issues from the Medical Device Alarms Summit. Arlington, VA: Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation; 2011. http://www.aami.org/htsi/alarms/pdfs/2011_Alarms_Summit_publication.pdf. Accessed June
3 Lankiewicz JD, Wong T, Moucharite M. The relationship between a single-patient-use electrocardiograph cable and lead system and coronary artery bypass graft surgical site infection within a medicare population. Am J Infect Control. 2018;32(8):775-783. Doi:10.1016/J.Ajic.2018.01.023.