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Patient-Centric Alarm Management for Improving Care Quality

February 22, 2017 — 08:30AM - 09:30AM EST
Orange County Convention Center
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Alarm management policy is one-size-fits all, but patients are individuals. Effective alarm management needs to consider the needs of each patient, to provide the best quality of care. To address the issue of alarm management, listed as a National Patient Safety Goal by the Joint Commission, Texas Children's Hospital studied alarms and workflows in a pediatric step-down unit (PCU). The study found that effective alarm management is best achieved by opening and sustaining a conversation among nurses, physicians, and other care staff about patient-centric care. This conversation is made possible through the development and use of data analytics tools that can continuously collect patient alarm data and then deliver the data on demand to the care provider at the bedside. This talk illustrates the methods, challenges and results of this study. The methods of this study are applicable to any hospital interested in proper alarm management and the tools developed during this study can be made available for use by those hospitals.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Identify how patient-centric alarm management and analytics improves care and outcomes
  • Explain why opening communication channels among clinicians is a key to successful alarm management
  • Show how Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycles lead to ongoing alarm management improvement
  • Evaluate the role of patient monitoring and alarms in the modern critical care unit


Physician, CMO, CMIO
Nurse, CNO, CNIO
Clinical Informaticists




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