Alarm Anthology: Conclusion

When warnings about clinical alarm safety hazards rocked the healthcare community a decade ago, AAMI and the AAMI Foundation heeded the call.

We recognized that addressing alarm management and alarm burden challenges would require moving beyond siloed approaches. We played a leadership role in convening a multidisciplinary summit, reaching consensus on the most pressing priorities, forming volunteer committees of experts, and launching the National Coalition for Alarm Management Safety.

A high level of interest and sustained engagement by hundreds of volunteers and more than three dozen professional organizations and corporate partners led to an ambitious scope of work to promote the safe and effective use of alarm systems. The volunteers were so dedicated to solving alarm management challenges that they extended their initial two-year commitment to a second two-year phase, which led more experts to join the Coalition.

The lasting result is a robust collection of knowledge about clinical alarm safety that can inform research, practice, and innovation to benefit the most important healthcare stakeholder: patients. Even as clinical technology and alarm systems continue to change, this body of work—which covers the entire sociotechnical ecosystem of people, technology, organizations, and processes—remains relevant, accessible, and useful to the field.

From a toolkit to a quick guide to a compendium, from professional development in patient safety seminars to robust research and case studies, there is something for everyone, including:

  • Healthcare executives, medical professionals, and quality and risk managers
  • Biomedical and information technology professionals
  • Researchers and educators
  • Device manufacturers, systems integrators, and innovators
  • Standards developers and regulators

AAMI and the AAMI Foundation thank everyone who participated in promoting the safe and effective use of clinical alarm systems. We invite you to share this Anthology with your colleagues and peers.

We recognized that addressing alarm management and alarm burden challenges would require moving beyond siloed approaches.


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We recognized that addressing alarm management and alarm burden challenges would require moving beyond siloed approaches.