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,
Who can Benefit:
- 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
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.