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Alarm Management

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Dräger alarm management solution

You monitor and deliver therapies to high acuity patients with devices that generate a broad range of medical alarms. Some medical device alarms are actionable, calling for your in-person intervention, while others are simply informational, raising your awareness to conditions that might escalate and later require a bedside response.

Clinical alarms can present significant workflow challenges. Developing effective methods and incorporating proven technologies to manage alarms can generate many benefits. When you are ready to explore possibilities that could increase efficiency, reduce cost, improve the safety of patients and satisfaction of care providers, and at the same time maintain the highest care standards, we are ready to help.

Recognizing the challenges

In a busy critical care unit with several patients, the volume of audible alarms is typically high. Signals can overlap and compete for the attention of care providers. As the number of medical devices featuring clinical alarms rises, and more patients are connected to them, the alarm management challenge grows more complex.

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Clinical alarm management

You want an alarm notification system that keeps your entire care team connected and aware of consequential changes in patient conditions and informed of past and ongoing clinical intervention.

One of the most advantageous times to evaluate your alarm response strategy is when you are replacing your patient monitoring system. The planning phase typically entails assessing workflows and the IT landscape to optimize the effectiveness of these new resources.

The Dräger Alarm Management Solution is your one-stop source for:

• Alarm auditing and reporting to gather and share core information
• Workflow consulting expertise to determine requirements
• Alarm management plan development to meet the National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) 06.01.01
• Plan implementation to change the way people deal with alarms

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Six steps to success

Alarm management steps to success-step 1

Assemble a team

Form an Alarm Steering Committee to identify needs, investigate solutions, and navigate a course of action.

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Initiate and validate

Consider your current strategy and objectively discuss what is working, as well as what could be improved. Always keep your goals top-of-mind.

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Collect and analyze

Look at the data. Prepare it in a format that allows you to compare patients, beds, nurse assignments, and alarm details.

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Develop a comprehensive plan of short-term and long-term tactics, which will include new workflows, desired technologies, recommended suppliers, budgets and project timelines.

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Prepare those who are impacted by the changes, to get the greatest benefit from your new workflows and technologies. Take advantage of training programs offered by suppliers and professional organizations.

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Check the connection

Routinely review reports and data. Ask yourself if the strategy is working. Implementing a new strategy is the most important step, but that is just the beginning. Improvement is a perpetual process.

Knowing best practice

When undertaking an initiative around clinical alarm management, reach out to those with experience. You will find that these organizations offer research, materials and tools that will get you off to a strong start and guide you to success.


ECRI’s Alarm Safety Resource Center


Clinical Alarms Management and Integration Program

Alarm management webinars

Alarm Auditing - Do You Know Your Number?

You can’t create a plan to improve alarm management to meet the NPSG unless you know where you are starting. Learn best practice for formulating an approach on data collection and analysis for a successful audit. Build a strong foundation for your alarm management plan.

Alarm Fatigue and the NPSG 06.01.01

Learn how you can prepare to meet the performance elements of NPSG and set up a solid foundation for meeting the 2016 goals. From the new grad to the seasoned administrator, every nurse will have an important role in creating an environment to prevent alarm related patient injuries and fatalities.

Workflow - Hype or Reality?

Collaborative workflow can become a reality. Research supports collaboration across teams which makes for higher job satisfaction. The end result is improved patient outcomes, enhanced patient experience and inter/intra-department process efficiencies.

Alarm management resources

Avera Heart Hospital Case History

Learn how Dräger helped Avera Heart Hospital to reduce the average per bed/per day alarm count by 30 percent.

Alarm Management Solution Brochure

Alarm fatigue has such an impact on patient safety and clinical efficiency that the Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG 06.01.01) has mandated that hospitals establish policies and procedures for managing clinical alarms. The Dräger Alarm Management Solution can help you meet the NPSG, support patient safety, and increase staff efficiency.

How Can CEOs Help Lead the Effort in Combating Alarm Fatigue?
How Can CEOs Help Lead the Effort in Combating Alarm Fatigue?

Lothar Thielen, President and CEO of Dräger North America, explains how executive-level leadership is key in supporting alarm management initiatives in an article from Health System Management.

Top providers and Dräger working together for you

Partnering with top technology providers enables us to offer a range of scalable options that will fit both your clinical workflow and enterprise IT strategy. Our strong relationships ensure system compatibility with maximum reliability. In tandem with our technology partners, we at Dräger can develop an alarm management solution for your workplace and the way you work.

International standards for alarm management

Choose an alarm management solution that fulfills the clinical, administrative and reporting requirements of your region. Familiarizing yourself with the standards that regulate the producers of alarm management technologies will help you in evaluating the options.

IEC 80001

International standard IEC 80001

The technical report IEC TR 80001-2-5:2014(E) provides recommendations for the integration, response communication and redirection of alarm conditions from one or more sources to ensure safety and effectiveness.

IEC 60601

International standard IEC 60601

These standards cover basic safety and essential performance of medical electrical equipment and medical electrical systems: IEC 60601-1 Medical Electrical Equipment – general requirements for basic safety and essential performance; IEC 60601-1-8 guidance for alarm distribution systems.


International standard IHE-PCD

IHE-PCD (Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise – Patient Care Device) has built a technical framework of use cases that feature defined special profiles, including specifications for clinical alarms and system interoperability.


Medical Devices Directive (MDD)

Directive 93/42/EEC of the European Union (also known as the Medical Devices Directive) details the Essential Requirements manufacturers and importers must meet to apply the CE mark and legally market or sell their devices in the EU.

ECRI has published the Top 10 Health Technology Hazards list annually since 2010. Alarm Hazards has been on every list since 2010, and topped the list very often.


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