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Alarm management evidence for action

Your guide to re-assessing alarm management


Health care leaders are aware of the clinical, operational and human resource impacts of excessive alarming, and are seeking ways to address it without compromising patient care. First, they must arm themselves with knowledge and find answers to questions such as, how do you define alarm fatigue? What is required of leadership to meet the challenge—and why do it now?

Read on to understand why improving alarm management should be a key priority for leaders and what it takes to succeed.

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In the guide:


  • 5 basic facts about alarm fatigue
  • What you need to tackle the alarm management challenge
  • Why you should change your approach now
  • Example hospital alarm charter
  • Tips for team building
Optimising alarm configurations for patient populations requires a multidisciplinary team. The hospital, team membership and authority of the team requires executive sponsorship; otherwise, recommendations may not be enforceable.”1

AAMI Foundation²

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What drives
alarm fatigue?


Discover new facts and approaches for making effective change.

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1 AAMI. “Alarm Management Compendium”, accessed 2017, [2] Alarm_Compendium_2015.pdf
2 The AAMI is an American nonprofit organization that develops standards on the safety, performance and marketability of medical devices, and is a strong voice on regulatory policies and health care reform.