AAMI Foundation’s HTSI Releases First ‘Safety Innovations’ Paper
The AAMI Foundation’s Healthcare Technology Safety Institute (HTSI) has released the first of a planned series of papers intended to shed light on some of the biggest technology-related challenges in modern healthcare and, more importantly, innovative solutions intended to advance the cause of patient safety.
The first paper in the Safety Innovations series is titled, “Using Data to Drive Alarm System Improvement Efforts: The Johns Hopkins Hospital Experience.” The 11-page paper describes efforts at the Baltimore, MD, teaching hospital—one of the most prestigious healthcare facilities in the nation—to reduce hazards and threats to patient safety posed by alarm conditions.
“By relying on data to establish baseline alarm priority levels and then iteratively evaluating the effectiveness of improvement efforts, a multidisciplinary team has helped to cut noise in hospital units, made clinicians more attentive to alarm signals that do sound, and optimized both technology and workflow at every step in the process,” reads the paper.
The AAMI Foundation and HTSI encourage the widespread distribution of this free paper for educational purposes.
“We believe that sharing ideas, solutions, and experiences will lead to better healthcare systems,” said Leah Lough, AAMI executive vice president and executive director of the AAMI Foundation. “The papers in the Safety Innovations series are intended to do just that. Each paper will provide key recommendations for implementation, for process improvements, and food for thought.”
The intended audience for these papers is wide, reflecting AAMI’s belief that multiple stakeholders have a role to play in making the design and use of medical technology safer and more effective.
“The Safety Innovations series was created to help clinicians, engineers, manufacturers, and others throughout the healthcare community improve the use and design of healthcare technology,” Lough said.
Other papers are in the works, including one on infusion pump implementation and another on infusion pump integration. Both of those papers are expected to be released later this summer.
HTSI is a community of volunteer leaders throughout the healthcare system dedicated to one common vision, “No patient will be harmed by healthcare technology.”
Posted: July 11, 2012