Alarm Anthology: Education and Knowledge Sharing

AAMI Foundation Annual Regional Events 2015–17

The AAMI Foundation provided live, interactive learning experiences during three annual regional events, where sessions highlighted the work of the Foundation’s National Coalition on Alarm Management, National Coalition for Infusion Therapy, and National Coalition to Promote Continuous Monitoring of Patients on Opioids.

Alarm Management Presentations: Boston • Oct. 14, 2015 • 85 participants

Audible to Actionable: Alarm Management at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

  • Tricia Bourie, RN, MS, program director of nursing informatics at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Alarm Management at Boston Medical Center: A Roadmap to Safe Silence

  • Jim Piepenbrink, director of clinical engineering at Boston Medical Center

It’s Not Just About the Alarms: Reducing Failure to Rescue

  • Christina Taylor, RN, MSN, CCRN, nurse manager at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital
  • Kristina Foard, RN, MSNEd, SCRN, nurse practice specialist at Wake Forest Baptist Health

No Cause for Alarm: A Holistic Approach to Identification, Prioritization, and Reduction

  • Pascha E. Schafer, MD, FACC, medical director of the cardiac care unit and the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University

Interruption Fatigue: What Is the Overall Impact?

  • Kim Velez, BSN, RN, clinical informatics specialist at Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver

Alarm Management Presentations: Chicago • Sept. 27–28, 2016 • 113 participants

Are You Connected: Get Ready to Reduce Alarms, Avoid Alarm Fatigue, and Improve Patient Safety

  • Cathy Sullivan, associate director of sourcing at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital

A Case Study on Ventilator Alarm Management

  • Connie Dills, MBA, RRT, RPFT, respiratory practice manager at the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain, CT

Alarm Management through Rule-Based Middleware and Smart Phones

  • Inhel Rekik, MS, clinical engineer at the University of Maryland Medical Center
  • George Reed, MBA, enterprise director of clinical engineering at Jefferson University Hospitals in Philadelphia

Driving the Culture of Alarm Management Practices: Using the Influencer Model

  • Karen Peters, MSN, RN, CMSRN, RN-BC, AGCNS-BC, clinical practice specialist at Winchester Hospital, MA
  • Sheila Shields, MSN, RN, CCRN, RN-BC, clinical practice specialist at Winchester Hospital, MA

Sustaining a Successful Alarm Management Program

  • Kevin Smith, BSN, RN, CNML, CVRN-BC, director of cardiac services at NCH Healthcare System

The Role of Middleware in Alarm Management

  • Sue Carol Verillo, RN, MSN, CRRN, nurse manager at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, on behalf of Sharon Allan, ACNS-BC, Run MSN, CCRC
  • Maria Cvach, DNP, RN, FAAN, director of policy management and integration at The Johns Hopkins Health System, clinical safety specialist at the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, and chair of the AAMI Foundation’s National Coalition for Alarm Management Safety

Alarm Management Presentations: San Diego, Nov. 18–19, 2017 • 95 participants

A Journey to Reduce Alarm Fatigue: Tips on What Not to Do

  • Peggy Bartholomew, MHSM, RN, PMP, project manager of quality project management at UTSouthwestern Medical Center

Avera Heart Hospital’s Journey to Alarm Management Improvement

  • Cheryl Osmond, RN, MS, vice president of clinical services at Avera Heart Hospital

UCSF Alarms

  • Kevin Spolini, MSN, RN, manager of clinical informatics at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital

Precise Patient Monitoring with Few False Alarms: SuperAlarm

  • Xioa Hu, PhD, associate professor of physiological nursing and neurological surgery at the Institute of Computational Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco

Update on National Patient Safety Goal 6: Reduce the Harm Associated with Clinical Alarm Systems

  • Gerry Castro, PhD, MD, project director of patient safety initiatives at The Joint Commission


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Since the AAMI Foundation launched its first national coalitions, we’ve found that providing clinicians and their healthcare technology industry partners with the opportunity to meet face to face encourages knowledge sharing and communication in a way that online seminars can’t.

Marilyn Neder Flack, executive director emeritus of the AAMI Foundation