Clinical Alarm Systems
Clinical alarms provide essential warnings to alert caregivers of changes in a patient's condition. When alarms work well, the environment of care is enhanced. When alarms don't work well, they pull caregivers away from other duties and other patients—or worse, train caregivers to ignore the alarm sounds altogether. Alarms that are ignored can and have resulted in patient deaths. In 2011, AAMI/FDA held a summit on this topic—click here to read the summit report.
Experts agree that resolving problems with medical device alarms requires an interdisciplinary effort and buy-in from a wide array of players at the highest levels.
- National Coalition for Alarm Management Safety
- Patient Safety Seminars
- Safety Innovations Series White Papers
Alarm Tools & Resources
- Coalition Looks to Build Database to Help Reduce Clinical Alarms AAMI News May 2017
- Clinical Alarm Management Compendium 2015
- Alarm Papers to Download—Learn from the Experts
- Medical Device Alarms Summit, October 4-5, 2011, Herndon, VA
- Horizons: Improving Medical Alarm Systems Spring 2011