Alarm Systems

Medical device 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.

Experts agree that resolving problems with medical device alarms requires interdisciplinary effort and buy-in from a wide array of players at the highest levels.

AAMI Resources

AAMI

AAMI Standards and Guidance

AAMI Foundation's Healthcare Technology Safety Institute (HTSI)

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