Skip Navigation LinksAlarms

This free educational site is intended to help you understand the issues of alarm safety in your facility, and take steps to improve it. ECRI Institute has decades of experience in analyzing hazards from medical devices. Most of the reports involving alarm problems are with physiologic monitors (including telemetry) and ventilators.

The clock is ticking on the National Patient Safety Goal. ECRI Institute's Alarm Readiness Service can help you track your progress toward meeting the Joint Commission's clinical alarm safety requirements. Or, if you're in need of a full-scale service, we can help you with an Alarm Management Safety Review.


Our alarms experts speak out on linkedin

Read what our clinical alarms experts have to say about the issues surrounding alarm management safety.

ECRI Institute Membership Resources

​Some of these materials are publicly available, but many require membership.


Video: How ECRI Institute's alarm experts can help you

Alarm Management

Length: 1:21.


​ALarm safety handbook

The requirements of The Joint Commission's 2014 National Patient Safety Goal on clinical alarm safety must be met by 2016. Do you have a plan in place?

ECRI Institute's new publication, The Alarm Safety Handbook: Strategies, Tools, and Guidance  can help you develop a safe, effective alarms management program. With the handbook, you will learn how to:

  • Make alarm management a patient safety priority
  • Understand clinical alarm hazards
  • Create an action plan
  • Put the plan into action
  • Identify best practices


​ECRI Institute white papers and posters 

​how can we help with your alarm safety challenges?

If you would like customized support, ECRI Institute offers an Alarm Management Safety Review with on-site assistance by experienced healthcare consultants.

Let us know how we can help with your alarm challenges

Call (610) 825-6000, ext. 5655, or e-mail