The Joint Commission recently released a handful of key elements to help hospital leaders improve the performance of clinical alarms in their organizations. Those recommendations come as part of Phase 2 of the commission's National Patient Safety Goals for 2016, according to H&HN's sister publication, Health Facilities Management.

At a minimum, the Joint Commission expects hospitals in 2016 to develop and implement alarm-management policies and procedures that address the following:

  • What are clinically appropriate settings for alarms?
  • When is it OK to disable alarms?
  • When can specific alarm parameters be changed?
  • Who decides when to change alarm guidelines and whether they can be flipped to "off" status?
  • What are the specific monitoring and response expectations?
  • How frequently do you check individual alarm signals for accuracy, proper operation and detectability?

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