Alarm Fatigue and the NPSG 06.01.01 - Preparing for the 2014/2016 Alarm safety regulations

It's every nurse's worst nightmare: your "monitored" patient suddenly becomes your next emergency.  It turns out no one "heard" the incessant alarm calls and now they are in a dangerous rhythm.  That's why in June 2013, The Joint Commission approved new National Patient Safety Goal NPSG.06.01.01 on clinical alarm safety for hospitals and critical access hospitals. Implementation of the new goal and its four elements of performance will occur in two phases: Phase I (beginning January 2014) and Phase II (beginning January 2016).

In addition to establishing alarms as an organization priority and identifying the most important alarms to manage, hospitals will be required to develop and implement specific alarm policies and procedures. Education of those in the organization about alarm system management will also be required.

Learn how you can prepare your care department and entire hospital to meet the performance elements due by the end of this year 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.

At the end of the session, the attendee will be able to:

  • Understand the details of National Patient Safety Goal NPSG.06.01.01
  • Identify workflow and behaviors that need to change across the care path to be able to meet the goal in the short and long term
  • Have knowledge of best practice for successfully planning and implementing this change