Alarm Anthology: A Robust Collection of Knowledge

AAMI pulled together a cross-disciplinary team to develop an alarm compendium for hospitals and health systems as a best practices guide to help navigate the complexities of alarm management. The compendium gives real-world examples used by other hospitals that can be implemented to reduce alarms such as alarm reports, education and competencies, and applications of tools such as failure modes effect analysis. The compendium also provides default parameter settings for multiple facilities of varying sizes and complexities.

—Samantha Jacques, PhD, FACHE, director of clinical engineering for the Penn State Health System, in TechNation


A Call to Action: Deliverables from the Medical Device Alarm Summit 2011

Summit Report: Clinical Alarms

This summit report, Clinical Alarms, issues a call to action to address the challenges around alarm management. It includes:

  • Seven clarion themes and 31 priority actions
  • Top 10 actions you can take now
  • Summaries of presentations, expert perspectives, and leading practices.

Beyond the Summit:  AAMI Foundation Safety Innovations Series: 2012–16

Practical Strategies for Executives, Risk Managers, and Clinical Leaders: Deliverables from the AAMI Foundation’s National Coalition for Alarm Management Safety: 2015–18

Alarm Management Quick Guide—Managing Smart Pump Alarms: Reducing Alarm Fatigue (2018)

This guide provides a starting point for healthcare institutions to begin to explore their large-volume and syringe pump alarms and understand potential strategies to mitigate nonactionable alarms.

Practical Tools

Special Publication


Spreading the Word

Social MediaSocial media is key to informing all those who are concerned about patient safety that there are tools developed by national experts to assist in reducing harm with infusion therapy. Over the four years of this effort, AAMI and AAMI Foundation have made use of Facebook and Twitter to get the word out about the recommendations and solutions available to the clinical community.


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