Hospitals can now access a toolkit to help them meet requirements for managing clinical alarms. This toolkit provides specific tips and best practices from hospitals that lead the field in alarm management, including a set of default alarm parameters to be used as a benchmark for alarm system settings.

Hospitals are expected to establish and implement policies and procedures for managing alarms beginning Jan. 1, 2016, as part of The Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goal on clinical alarms. Non-compliance will be published on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website, and hospitals found to be non-compliant will have to submit a plan for corrective action.

Contact Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.