Alarm System Management

Comprehensive support for an alarming problem





Non-actionable alarms strain hospital resources, contribute to alarm fatigue, and can affect the quality of your patient care. Desensitization may even become a matter of life and death.


Alarm fatigue has been identified as the top technology hazard for healthcare organizations¹ and is the subject of the Joint Commission's National Patient Safety Goals on Alarm System Management.

We are keenly aware of the problem. We help redefine your alarm system management program to deliver real-time actionable alarms and notifications necessary to speed response and early intervention.

With our comprehensive alarm management solutions and consulting services, your caregivers can get the right information at the right time for targeted care.


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4 steps to successful alarm system management

We collaborated with a leading healthcare and life sciences consulting company to conduct an extensive evaluation and develop an action plan for successful alarm management intervention. This plan will help you develop a systematic, coordinated approach to clinical alarm system management at your hospital.

Establish an alarm system management strategy

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Engage people, process, and technology

Evaluate policies and procedures for measuring and managing alarms to assist you in driving change.
Key data is transmitted to appropriate caregiver
Clinicians connect to point-of-care data via remote devices
Philips PIIC iX provides alarm audit logs
Logs and reports help measure the actual number of alarms generated
Addressing alarm fatigue must include all staff
Team support assists in changes toclinial workflow

A commitment to drive improvement in alarm management

Philips is a platinum sponsor of the AAMI Foundation Healthcare Technology Safety Institute’s National Coalition for Alarm Management.

The organization, made up of clinicians, healthcare technology experts, regulators,patient safety advocates, researchers, and leaders in the medical device industryworks to capture best-practices from hospitals at the forefront in the war against alarm fatigue. Detailed recommendations for industry improvement will be published based on findings.
We are committed to delivering solutions focused on alarm system management

The coalition plans to deliver the following over the next year:

  • A compendium of recommendations based on HTSI-produced alarm webinars and white papers, known collectively as the Safety Innovations series
  • A list of recommended enhancements for the medical device industry to build into future software and product versions
  • A compilation of aggregated parameter data supplied by the member hospitals
  • Educational tools to teach clinicians about alarm settings and how to customize these settings for each patient


Putting the patient first

Our Healthcare Transformation Services can help get you started

Addressing patient safety

A missed, silenced, or unanswered alarm can have deadly consequences for your patients. This situation is characteristic of a multi-faceted problem that must include a look at the people, processes, technology, and culture of your institution. We can assist with a review, solution, and implementation plan.


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Focus on your patient through strong alarm management

Gaining patient trust

“If it doesn’t mean anything, then why is it going off?” This concern is all too common. Patients want to know that care providers are focused on what is important and relevant to their care and recovery. Our alarm systems management solutions help you gain back patient trust by helping you manage and reduce non-actionable alarms.


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1 Health Devices Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2014, Adapted from Vol. 42, Issue 11, Nov. 2013. ECRI Institute