Clinical Alarm Systems

Donate for Patient SafetyClinical 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.

 

2015 Alarm Compendium
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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.

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