Registration Open for Webcast Series on Alarm and Alert Fatigue

Registration is now open for the upcoming two-part webcast series on alarm and alert fatigue from the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM). The series is held in collaboration with the Surgery Section Patient Safety Committee. The first session, Alarm Fatigue: Evidence and Management Strategies, will take place on Thursday, March 30, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. Central Time. The second session, Alert Fatigue: Management Approaches and Appropriate Metrics, will take place on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 1:00 p.m. Central Time.

In the first session, Maria M. Cvach, DNP, RN, FAAN, Director of Policy Management and Integration at The Johns Hopkins Health System, and Bradford D. Winters, MD, PhD, FCCM, Associate Professor, Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine and Surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, will discuss how alarm fatigue has become a health technology hazard and will offer strategies for management. Missed alarms have resulted in patient injury and death; this hazard has been listed on the Emergency Care Research Institute’s Top 10 Health Technology Hazards list since its inception in 2007. The Joint Commission instituted a National Patient Safety Goal on Alarm Management in 2014 with a requirement that hospitals fully implement it by January 2016.

During the second session, Sandra L. Kane-Gill, PharmD, MS, FCCM, Associate Professor, Pharmacy and Therapeutics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, will discuss how clinical decision support systems (CDSSs) are commonly used for preventing medication errors, and how they are gaining interest as electronic syndromic surveillance systems for events such as sepsis and acute kidney injury. While CDSSs improve patient outcomes, the number of alerts increases the risk of alert fatigue. Approaches to managing alert fatigue are needed to ensure effective use of CDSSs.

Learning Objectives

Session 1

  • Discuss clinical alarm hazards and The Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goal on Alarm Management
  • Rate available evidence regarding alarm fatigue literature
  • Identify gaps in knowledge and research needs
  • Discuss alarm management strategies based on quality improvement initiatives

Session 2

  • Choose evidence-based guidance on tested interventions that reduce alert quantity with the intent of reducing fatigue with clinical decision support systems
  • Apply standardized metrics for alert fatigue

These 60-minute webcasts will be moderated by Joseph D. Catino, BS, MD. Registration is complimentary for all participants. Register online for Alarm Fatigue: Evidence and Management Strategies and Alert Fatigue: Management Approaches and Appropriate Metrics today using your Customer ID and password. If you have any questions, please contact SCCM Customer Service at +1 847 827-6888.

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