Alarm Anthology: Patient Safety Seminars

Patient Safety Seminars 2014–2018

Beginning in 2014, AAMI Foundation hosted a series of patient safety seminars (webinars) that showcased research, best practices, and case studies of initiatives in healthcare organizations to improve alarm management safety. The Foundation offered Certificates of Participation as a continuing education credit for each seminar.

Use of Middleware in Alarm Management: Ancillary Notification and Obtaining Alarm Data • January 2014

  • Paul Coss, RN, principal at Coss Associates
  • Ramya Krishnan, MS, senior project engineer at ECRI Institute’s Health Devices Group
  • Tim Gee, BA, principal at Medical Connectivity Consulting
  • Andrew Currie, MS, director of clinical engineering at The Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Marjorie Funk, PhD, RN, RAHA, FAAN, professor at Yale University School of Nursing

Current Challenges with Ventilator Alarms • March 2014

  • Thomas Krüger, senior product manager for respiratory care at Dräger Medical GmbH
  • Russelle A. Cazares, MHA, RRT, PCS manager of respiratory care services at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
  • Matthew P. Trojanowski, MSc, RRT, manager of adult respiratory care services, anesthesiology, and critical care medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Shawna Strickland, PhD, RRT-NPS, AE-C, FAARC, associate executive director of education at the American Association for Respiratory Care

Educating and Training Your Staff: Circling Back to Your Policies and Procedures • April 2014

  • James Piepenbrink, BSBME, director of clinical engineering at Boston Medical Center
  • Jaspreet Mankoo, BS, clinical engineering intern at VA Boston Healthcare System, UConn Clinical Engineering MS Program
  • Ekta Srinivasa, RN, clinical resource nurse at VA Boston Healthcare System
  • Russell S. Coggins, RN, MSN, clinical nurse advisor for critical care in the office of nursing services (field-based), and nurse manager of the surgical ICU at Charles George VAMC
  • Maria Cvach, DNP, RN, CCRN, 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
  • Marjorie Funk, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, professor at Yale University School of Nursing

Nurses and Respiratory Therapists: Working Together for Safe Alarm System Management • May 2015

  • Shawna Strickland, PhD, RT-NPS, RRT-ACS, associate executive director of the American Association for Respiratory Care
  • Jenifer Burke, RN, MSN, CPNP, Rush University Medical Center

Sounding the Alarm! How Accurate Are Your Counts? • June 2015

  • Mary Baum, president and CEO of Baum, Arenmeier and Talent

Alarm Management: From Confusion, to Information, to Wisdom • August 2015

  • Kevin Smith, BSN, RN, CNML, CVRN-BC, director of cardiac telemetry at Naples Community Healthcare System
  • Samantha Jacques, PhD, FACHE, director of biomedical engineering at Texas Children’s Hospital

Effects of Patient Load and Other Monitoring System Design Choices on Inpatient Monitoring Quality • August 2015

  • Melanie Wright, PhD, program director of patient safety research at Trinity Health and Saint Alphonsus Health System
  • Noa Segall, PhD, assistant professor at Duke University Medical Center

Enhancing Patient Safety with Appropriate Ventilator Alarm Management • September 2015

  • Dario Rodriquez, Jr., MSc, RRT, RPFT, FAARC, director of clinical research at the University of Cincinnati

Alarm Safety Updates: Are You Ready? • October 2015

  • Ronald M. Wyatt, MD, MHA, IHI Merck Fellow 2010, medical director in the Office of the Chief Medical Officer, The Joint Commission
  • 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
  • Sharon H. Allan, ACNS-BC, MSN, RN, CCRC, CVSICU clinical nurse specialist at The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Creating a Culture of Safety in Home Mechanical Ventilation • December 2015

  • Angela King, BS, RPFT, RRT-NPS, CEO, owner, and vice president of clinical services, Mobile Medical Homecare
  • Ronda Bradley, MS, RRT, FAARC, owner of Spiritus Consultants

ePod (Early Predictor of Deterioration) • January 2016

  • Kathy J. Simpson, BSN, RN, director of the medical emergency team, Intermountain Medical Center
  • Kathryn G. Kuttler, PhD, director of clinical, quality and research medical informatics, Homer Warner Center, Intermountain Healthcare
  • R. Scott Evans, MS, PhD, medical informatics director, Intermountain Healthcare, and professor of biomedical informatics, University of Utah
  • Cathy Sullivan, MSN, RN, FNP, CCRN, associate director of sourcing at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital

The Journey of Intelligent Alarm Management in a NICU • December 2016

  • Greg Walkup, director of IT, Sentara
  • Monique M. Lowery, BSN, RNC-NIC, Sentara

Helping Hospitals Struggling to Obtain Baseline Alarm Data and to Reduce Non-Actionable Alarms • April 2017

  • Stephanie D. Orr, DNP, RN, CCRN, NeuroScience Intensive Care Unit, Rush University Medical Center

A Journey to Reducing Alarm Fatigue: Tips on What Not to Do • September 2017

  • Peggy Bartholomew, MHSM, RN, PMP, project manager of quality project management, UT Southwestern Medical Center

Utilizing Lean Methodologies to Manage Telemetry Devices • October 2017

  • Christina Carranza, MSN, RN-BC, CNML, Naples Community Hospital

UCSF’s Experience Sending Alarms to Phones in the Intensive Care Nursery • December 2017

  • Kevin Spolini, MSN, RN, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital

Clinical Alarm Management Strategies—Meaningful Alerts: Reducing Non-actionable Alarms • January 2018

  • Sharon H. Allan, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, The Johns Hopkins Hospital


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