Best Practices in Alarm Management

Duration: 90 Minutes
Hospitals rank alarm fatigue as top patient safety concern. There are even hospitals that logged more than 2.5 million patient monitoring alarms in just one month. When exposed to too many alarms, alarm fatigue develops. This situation can result in sensory overload, which may cause the person to become desensitized to the alarms. Consequently, the response to alarms may be delayed, or alarms may be missed altogether.
Patient Monitoring Devices
Instructor: Dev Raheja
Product ID: 500645

Studies show it is difficult for humans to differentiate among more than 6 different alarm sounds, the average number of alarms in an ICU has increased from 6 in 1983 to more than 40 different alarms in 2011. In addition, 80% to 99% of electrocardiographic (ECG) monitor alarms are false or clinically insignificant. Deaths have been attributed to alarm fatigue.

Clinicians exposed each day to tens of thousands of alarms. The issue of alarm fatigue has become so significant that the Joint Commission, a national organization that accredits hospitals, named it a National Patient Safety Goal. This goal requires hospitals to establish alarm safety as a priority, identify the most important alarms and establish policies to manage alarms by January 2016. Experts agree that resolving problems with medical device alarms requires an interdisciplinary effort and buy-in from a wide array of players at the highest levels.

Why Should you Attend:
This webinar covers the real examples of experiences with alarm fatigue and successes in drastically reducing the number of alarms. It suggests several solutions. In addition, it suggests systems approach which had been rarely used but it should be used everywhere. The presenter has over 25 years experience in using the systems approach.

Objectives of the Presentation:
The major objectives of the presentation are to cover a lot of topics including,
  • The Joint Commission Requirements
  • Unintended Consequences of Silencing Alarms
  • AACN Best Practices
  • AAMI Approaches
  • Johns Hopkins Alarm Experience and Recommendations
  • California Hospital Patient Safety Organization Issues Identification
  • Successes at Boston Medical Center
  • Success at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
  • Systems Approach to Improving Efficiency and Effectiveness
Who can Benefit:
All connected with patient care in hospitals such as nurses, doctors, supervisors, and support staff will benefit highly. Senior management needs to understand the risks and solutions.

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Instructor Profile:
Dev Raheja, MS,CSP, author of the books Safer Hospital Care and Preventing Medical Device Recalls, is an international risk management, patient safety and quality assurance consultant for medical device, healthcare and aerospace industry for over 25 years. Prior to becoming a consultant in 1982 he worked at GE Healthcare as Supervisor of Quality Assurance/Manager of Manufacturing, and at Booz-Allen & Hamilton as Risk Management consultant for variety of systems. Currently he is an Adjunct Professor at the Florida Tech for its BBA degree in Healthcare Management and the online faculty at University of Maryland where he teaches courses on Reliability. He is a Founding Fellow of American College of Healthcare Trustees and a member of American College of Healthcare Executives, He is a former National Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award Examiner in the first batch of examiners.

He serves on the Patient and Families Advisory Council at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He helped them in providing 24/7 access to family members of patients and reduced the number of alarms for nurses so they recognize critical patient needs early.
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