Inappropriate configurations of clinical alarm settings are more than just a nuisance for frontline staff, according to ECRI Institute's accident investigators.
Improper changes to preconfigured alarm settings have resulted in serious patient harm or death when caregivers weren't alerted to significant changes in patient conditions. This doesn't need to persist.
Findings from these investigations have raised concerns that many healthcare organizations do not have effective policies on configuring and managing clinical alarm settings. Establishing effective policies for setting of clinical alarms and putting a system in place to effectively follow these policies is critical to patient safety.
To educate healthcare facilities about the challenges clinicians are facing when configuring physiologic monitor alarms, ECRI Institute is presenting an educational web conference, "Good Alarm Policies are No Accident," on Wednesday, Sept. 3.
The objectives of the webinar, according of ECRI, are to help participants:
The ECRI webinar is intended for risk managers, clinical staff, nursing administration, ICU staff, clinical department heads, clinical and biomedical engineers, materials managers, and other healthcare professionals. The interactive format of ECRI Institute's webinar will provide ample time to interact with the panel during the Q&A session and also encourages participation. Panelists and speakers include:
Michael Argentieri, MS, Vice President & Senior Investigator, ECRI Institute