Alarm Anthology: Going Deeper
Articles and Case Studies from AAMI and the AAMI Foundation: 2011–2019
BI&T (Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology), AAMI’s peer-reviewed journal
- The Use of Mobile Devices to Improve Alarm Systems, Hoglund, D., & Elms, J. (September/October 2011)
- Wireless Systems and Alarm Management, Moon, J.
- Monitor Alarm Fatigue: An Integrative Review, Cvach, M. (July/August 2012)
- The Complexity of Clinical Alarm Systems, Lipschultz, A. (May/June 2014)
- Research: Video Methods for Evaluating Physiologic Monitor Alarms and Alarm Responses, Bonafide, C.P., Zander, M., Graham, C.S., Weirich Paine, C.M., Rock, W., Rich, R., Roberts, K.E., Fortino, M., Nadkmi, V.M., Lin, R., & Keren, R. (May/June 2014)
- Safety Innovations: Healthcare Alarm Safety—What We Can Learn from Military Alarm Management Strategies , Allen, J.S. (May/June 2014)
- Decreasing False Alarms by Obtaining the Best Signal and Minimizing Artifact from Physiological Sensors, Block, F.E. III, and Block, F.E. Jr. (November/December 2015)
- Research: Effect of Altering Alarm Settings: A Randomized Control Study, Cvach, M., Rothwell, K.J., Cullen, A.M., Nayden, M.G., Cvach, N., & Pham, J.C. (May/June 2015)
- Case Study: Reducing Interruption Fatigue through Improved Alarm Support, Jahrsdoefer, M. (March/April 2016)
- Framework for Alarm Management Process Maturity, Welch, J., Rayo, M., Kanter, B., Bagian, T., Jacobs, K., Shanawani, H., Jaffe, R., Conti, M., & Razzano, L. (May/June 2016)
- Roundtable Discussion: Improving the ‘Alarm Problem’ Will Require Much More Than Just Reducing the Number of Alarms (November/December 2018)
Research, Guidance, and Strategies Expanding on Recommendations in the Clinical Alarm Management Compendium
- Research: Use of Monitor Watchers in Hospitals: Characteristics, Training, and Practices, Funk, M., Ruppel, H., Blake, N., & Phillips, J. (November/December 2016)
- Research: Acceptability, Feasibility, and Cost of Using Video to Evaluate Alarm Fatigue, MacMurchy, M., Stemler, S., Zander, M., & Bonafide, C.P. (January/February 2017)
- Improving Clinical Alarm Management: Guidance and Strategies, Cosper, P., Zellinger, M., Enebo, A., Jacques, S., Razzano, L., & Flack, M.N. (March/April 2017)
- Customizing Alarm Limits Based on Specific Needs of Patients, Cvach, M., Kitchens, M., Smith, J., Harris, P., & Flack, M.N. (May/June 2017)
Two AAMI Horizons Issues Dedicated to Alarm Management
In the lead-up to the summit on clinical alarms in the fall of 2011, the Spring 2011 issue of Horizons, the AAMI BI&T biannual supplement, was dedicated to alarm management. Six years later, AAMI revisited this thematic topic in the Spring 2017 issue.
These two issues are rich repositories of alarm management knowledge, including big-picture perspectives, approaches to clinical alarm management in practice, alarm system research and design, standards development, and commentaries.
AAMI Blog Posts
- Tim Vanderveen: Medical Device Alarms and Hospital Noise (Aug. 10, 2012)
- Tim Vanderveen: Don’t Approach the Challenges of Pump Alarms with a Broad Brush (May 28, 2014)
- William Hyman: Learning from Nonactionable Clinical Alarms (Oct. 6, 2014)
- Episode 17: Clinical Alarm Management (Feb. 19, 2016)
- How Redesigning the Abrasive Alarms of Hospital Soundscapes Can Save Lives, Couch, C. (April 3, 2017). Fast Company.
- “Alarm Management Revisited – Quieting the Noise Through Knowledge”, Douglas, R.K. (Sept. 1, 2018.) TechNation.