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Medical device alarms can signal a warning of medical necessity—but the number of alarms can also be excessive, distracting, and clinically insignificant. Unwarranted alarms often cause caregivers to take unsafe actions, such as turning the alarm volume to an inaudible level or even turning the alarm off, causing a potential clinical alarm hazard.
Since the launch of our Top 10 Health Technology Hazards list, alarms have frequently gotten top billing. Earlier this year, the Joint Commission issued a Sentinel Event Alert on medical device alarms, and recently announced alarm management will become a National Patient Safety Goal.
To help hospitals prepare for the new requirements, ECRI Institute presented the following web conference, “Answering the Call to Alarm Safety: Getting Ready for Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goal.”     

 Hear the answers to the most popular questions asked at the webinar

​ECRI Institute web conference Q&A

Length: 4:30.




•Call (610) 825-6000, ext. 5889

*This web conference is free for ECRI Institute Health Devices System™, Health Devices Gold™, and SELECTplus™ members. List price for archive recording and materials is $249.

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  • Ramya Krishnan, Senior Project Engineer, Health Devices Group, ECRI Institute
  • Rikin Shah, Senior Associate, Applied Solutions Group, ECRI Institute
  • Patricia Adamski, RN, MS, MBA, FACHE, Director, The Joint Commission
  • Erin Sparnon, Engineering Manager, Health Devices, ECRI Institute
​What you will learn:Who should attend​:
  • What hospitals need to do to comply with the Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goal on alarm management
  • How to use ECRI Institute’s toolkit for complying with the goal
  • The expectations from the Joint Commission
  • Tailoring your policies and procedures from your enterprise to individual care units
  • How technology can help with alarm management
  • Risk managers
  • Clinical staff
  • Nursing administration
  • ICU staff
  • Clinical department heads
  • Clinical and biomedical engineers
  • Materials managers
  • Other healthcare professionals

​A Web Conference Presented by ECRI Institute