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SOURCE Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety
CHICAGO, May 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) is pleased to announce its participation and engagement with the National Coalition for Alarm Management Safety to improve the practice of managing alarms.
On April 25 and 26, 2014, AAMI Foundation's Healthcare Technology Safety Institute brought key stakeholders to meet and discuss what can be done to meet The Joint Commission's National Patient Safety Goal to reduce alarm fatigue and improve alarm management. Stakeholders included hospitals, manufacturers, regulators, and health and safety organizations.
According to The Joint Commission Sentinel Event Alert #50, "Medical device alarm safety in hospitals," an estimated 85 percent to 99 percent of alarm signals do not require clinical intervention. Because of the number of "non-actionable" alerts and interruptions, clinicians may increasingly experience "alarm fatigue."
A 2013 survey conducted by PPAHS found that nine out of ten hospitals believe addressing alarm fatigue would increase the use of patient monitoring devices that prevent adverse events, such as brain injury and death.
Maureen Carr (Director, Standards and Survey Methods for The Joint Commission) discussed the implementation of the national patient safety goal to improve alarm management. She indicated that these goals are being implemented in phases:
Maria Cvach, DNP, RN, CCRN (Assistant Director of Nursing, Clinical Standards, The Johns Hopkins Hospital) discussed gaps in knowledge of alarm management, including:
Commenting on the meeting, Lynn Razzano, RN, MSN, ONCC (Clinical Nurse Consultant for the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety) said, "There was true evidence of commitment and collaboration exhibited by all presenters and participants. More importantly, the National Coalition for Alarm Management Safety will be action-oriented. Hospitals should expect to see guidance and recommendations from the Coalition that will help improve alarm management and increase patient safety."
About Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety
Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety is a non-profit 501(c)(3) whose mission is to promote safer clinical practices and standards for patients through collaboration among healthcare experts, professionals, scientific researchers, and others, in order to improve health care delivery. For more information, please go to www.ppahs.org
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