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Patient safety

January 15, 2014

AAMI survey can help focus efforts to improve clinical alarm safety


A research study on biomedical alarm parameters being conducted by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) Foundation’s National Alarm Steering Committee can help hospitals focus efforts to improve clinical alarm safety. The Joint Commission has a 2014 National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) on clinical alarm safety (NPSG.06.01.01). The new goal will be implemented in two phases: phase one began January 1, 2014, when hospitals were required to establish alarm safety as an organizational priority and to identify the most important alarms to manage based on their own internal situations. In phase two of the implementation of this NPSG (which occurs in 2016), hospitals will need to have policies and procedures about various aspects of clinical alarm management, including alarm parameters. Participating in the survey can be useful in developing policies and procedures related to the NPSG. The survey gathers information about parameters for the following biomedical alarms:

  • Pulse ox%
  • Heart rate BPM
  • BP systolic mmHg
  • BP diastolic mmHg
  • BP mean mmHg
  • ST Elev/Dep
  • Resp rate Breaths/min
  • EtCO2 kPa/mmHg

Before answering the survey questions, organizations should first fill out an alarm inventory for their institution and use that information to respond to the survey. The survey will take about 20 minutes to complete and will be available until February 17. (Contact: Sarah Fanta Lombardi,, 703-253-8297)



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