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Alarm Management

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Dräger Alarm Management Solution

Patient alarms play a vital role in protecting patients in intensive care units by allowing timely responses by caregivers. However, the potentially overwhelming number of acoustic alarms poses different challenges that need to be managed systematically to avoid adverse events.

A noisy ICU environment can lead patients and caregivers to develop delirium and stress. Over 30% of patients treated in the ICUs become confused or develop delirium. Standard ICUs recorded noise levels above 45 dBA at all times, over the suggested 35 dBA by the World Health Organisation (WHO)1.

At an ICU bed, up to 350 alarms can occur per day, of which up to 95% are clinically irrelevant2. This sensory overload can lead to alarm fatigue in healthcare providers, resulting in desensitisation to alarms and even missed alarms.

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Our holistic approach to clinical alarm management

Effective alarm management enables you to systematically reduce noise pollution for patients and staff to an acceptable level. As Your Specialist in Acute Care, we support you with know-how, system offerings and solutions. Learn more about the different elements of a systematic management of clinical alarms so that your patients can recover in peace and your staff can work with focus.

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Alarm management solutions

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Sending the right alarm to the right person at the right time

To safely manage critical patient alarms in acute care environments, we collaborate with Ascom for an integrated alarm distribution solution. By sending alerts from our Dräger patient monitors and ventilators directly out via the Distributed Information System (DIS) to a caregiver assigned to the respective patient, we enable a timely intervention for multifaceted clinical scenarios.

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Alarm Distribution: Our Solution with Ascom as a Partner

We integrate Dräger medical devices with the Ascom Digistat SmartCentral and Myco handheld devices into a Distributed Information System.

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Gaining information for a continuous check on the alarm situation

Draw continuous insights from your clinical alarms with Alarm History Analytics. This solution supports your alarm management strategy and provides a customized analysis of the alarms occurring from your Infinity® patient monitors. Identify the causes of high alarm quantities in your units and monitor the results of countermeasures over time in the dashboard.

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Let us develop a strategy to reduce clinically irrelevant alarms

Aim at reducing alarm fatigue to protect your patients. Our experts can help you collect and analyse alarm data from your intensive care units. We help reduce the quantity of alarms in a unit by implementing strategies to improve alarm management processes at and around the point of care.

Standards Compliance

International Alarm Management Standards

Choose an alarm management solution that complies with the clinical and administrative requirements of your hospital. To better evaluate your options, it is important to be aware of the standards that govern the manufacturing of alarm management technologies.

International standard IEC 60601

IEC 60601-1-8:2006/AMD2:2020

Amendment 2 - Medical electrical equipment - Part 1-8: General requirements for basic safety and essential performance - Collateral Standard: General requirements, tests and guidance for alarm systems in medical electrical equipment and medical electrical systems

International standard IEC 80001

IEC/TR 80001-2-5:2014

Application of risk management for IT-networks incorporating medical devices — Part 2-5: Application guidance — Guidance for distributed alarm systems

International standard ihe pcd

Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) - Devices Domain

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.

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References

1Jones, K. (2014). Alarm fatigue a top patient safety hazard. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 186(3), p. 178.

2Darbyshire J.L. & Young J. D. (2013). An investigation of sound levels on intensive care units with reference to the WHO guidelines. Critical Care, 17: R187.

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