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 Innovation Series White Papers
- Monthly Coalition Meetings
- Regional Event Presentations
Alarm Tools & Resources
- Clinical Alarm Management Compendium 2015
- Alarm Papers to Download—Learn from the Experts
- A Siren Call to Action: Priority Issues from the Medical Device Alarms Summit 2011
- Medical Device Alarms Summit, October 4-5, 2011, Herndon, VA
- Horizons: Improving Medical Alarm Systems Spring 2011