The new goal, NPSG.06.01.01, focuses on clinical alarm safety in hospitals and critical access hospitals. The implementation for the goal will occur in two phases:
- In Phase I (beginning January 2014), hospitals will be required to establish alarms as an organization priority and identify the most important alarms to manage based on their own internal situations.
- In Phase II (beginning January 2016), hospitals will be expected to develop and implement specific components of policies and procedures. Education of those in the organization about alarm system management will also be required in January 2016.
Prepublication - Effective January 1, 2014.