Alarm Fatigue

Is Your Hospital Compliant with Joint Commission Requirements?

Will your hospital be compliant with The Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goal? In issuing this Goal, The Joint Commission stated:

In Phase II (beginning January 2016), hospitals will be expected to develop and implement specific components of policies and procedures. Education of those in the organization about alarm system management will also be required in January 2016.

The Joint Commission's infographic on medical device alarm safety.

The Joint Commission Alarm Safety Infograph: http://www.jointcommission.org/sea_issue_50/

To assist hospitals be Joint Commission compliant, the AAMI Foundation recently released a compendium to help hospitals with alarm management.

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“No single institution has the ‘right’ answer that can be turned into an off-the-shelf solution. However, there is a lot we can learn from the practitioners who have been leading the way in meeting the complex challenges of alarm management for years. Their insights and best practices can be used to launch and guide an alarm management initiative, or strengthen one that’s already in progress,” said Marilyn Neder Flack, senior vice president of patient safety initiatives at AAMI and executive director of the AAMI Foundation.

How may the AAMI compendium be of help?

Adjusting default parameter settings have been shown to critical monitor alarms. AAMI surveyed hospitals on how they have revised default settings. Below is shown survey results for medical ICU:

AAMI Survey Medical ICU Default Settings

To read the AAMI Foundation Clinical Alarm Compendium, please click here.

 

 

 

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