Clinical Alarms Toolkit

This clinical alarms toolkit offers information to help understand the current objectives in clinical alarm safety and what risks exist from excessive alarms in the clinical setting such as alarm/alert fatigue. Information is provided to help understand the common causes of excessive alerts and alarms along with innovative strategies to reduce the risk of alarm overload.

Clinical Alarm Safety

Patient monitoring devices will transmit a high number of alerts each shift and provide a layer of patient safety. However, if ignored or turned off by healthcare providers, this can possibly cause patient safety incidents. Information is provided to ensure healthcare providers are focusing on clinical alarm safety.

  • Flyer/Sign/Poster


    Infographic: Medical Device Alarm Safety

    This educational flyer can be used to help train staff and physicians on the problems related to alarm safety. The flyer, from The Joint Commission, outlines recommendations for combating the problem as outlined in Sentinel Event Alert #50.

    TAGS: Educational, Flyer, Sentinel, Event, Alert, Joint, Commission

  • Guidelines/Recommendations


    Sentinel Event Alert: Medical Device Alarm Safety In Hospitals

    This is the full Sentinel Event Alert on alarm safety published by The Joint Commission in 2013. This alert discusses the problems identified through reporting of events into The Joint Commission’s Sentinel Event database and includes recommendations for improvement.

    TAGS: Alarm, Joint, Commission, Database, Safety

  • Alarm Management Update-Collaborative Healthcare Patient Safety Organization

    Provides resources for hospitals in the management of their alarms.

    TAGS: Hospital, Management, Alarm

Clinical Alarm Management Best Practices

Tools and information that are helpful in developing processes to support clinical alarm management. Organizations that implement similar processes are displaying characteristics of highly reliable organizations in the area of clinical alarm management.

  • Guidelines/Recommendations


    2011 Clinical Alarm Summit

    This report was developed from a meeting of multidiscipline healthcare professionals who convened to discuss the issue of clinical alarm safety. The report presents the challenges, priorities and actions to be taken surrounding the concern for clinical alarm safety.

    TAGS: Healthcare, professionals, Clinical, Alarm, Safety, Challenges

  • Guidelines/Recommendations


    SpO2 Alarm Management Toolkit

    This resource helps coordinate an alarm performance improvement project related to pulse oximetry alarms in your organization. This toolkit walks you through the alarm management project from beginning to the final stage of implementation and gives recommendations for sustainability.

    TAGS: Oximetry, Alarm, Management, Project, Implementations, Sustainability

  • Policy Templates

    Policy Templates

    Statement On Principles For Alarm Management For Anesthesia Professionals

    This document sets forth policy and principles for alarm safety for anesthesia professions in the environments in which they care for patients. This information is useful when evaluating best practices in place related to the anesthesia professionals' management of equipment and alarms.

    TAGS: Anesthesia, Environment, Evaluating, Practice, Equipment