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What happens when you don't have an alarm management plan in place? Things fall apart—including patients' lives.

The Blueprint for a Safer Alarm Management Process

The Alarm Safety Handbook: Strategies, Tools, and Guidance is an all-encompassing reference manual and workbook intended to help you design and implement alarm management safety practices to keep your patients out of harm's way.

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The handbook/workbook is available now in PDF or print. ECRI Institute members qualify for a steep discount. Inquiries can be made at circulation2@ecri.org or (610) 825-6000, ext. 5889.

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 Alarm Safety Handbook Table of Contents and Sample Pages

Read an overview of the handbook and workbook, or read a description of each chapter below.

Making Alarm Management a Patient Safety Priority

  • The Scope of the Hazard—Looking Beyond Alarm Fatigue; Alarm Hazards by the Numbers; The Joint Commission's Requirements; Addressing the Hazard (view sample pages)

Understanding Clinical Alarm HazardsA Conceptual Model

  • The Life Cycle of an Alarm: Activation; Load; Notification; Alarm Content; Alarm Escalation/Backup; Policies/Staff Education; Alarm Resolution

Creating an Action Plan

  • The Path to Alarm Safety: Set the Tone; Form a Multidisciplinary Team; Establish Priorities; Conduct an Alarm Audit; Identify and Implement Strategies; Assess, Refine, and Repeat (view sample pages)

Putting the Plan into Action

  • Using ECRI Institute Tools and Resources and Workbook Contents: Tool for Step 1—Setting the Tone; Tool for Step 2—Forming a Team; Tools for Step 3—Establishing Priorities; Additional Tools and Resources

Identifying Best Practices

  • Useful Resources: Guidance Documents; Tools and Resource Lists; Webinars; Research Studies and Other Literature; Supplier Assistance
  • Case Studies: Boston Medical Center and The Johns Hopkins Hospital
    (view sample pages)

Workbook Tools*

  • Sample Announcement from Leadership
  • Alarm Management Team Roster
  • Care Area Assessment Checklist
  • Nursing Staff Survey
  • Incident-report Review Form
  • Alarm Review Tool
  • Starter List of Alarm Signals
  • Strategies for Reducing the Alarm Load

*Editable versions of these tools and resources can be downloaded along with the electronic version of the handbook.

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