Alarm and Alert Fatigue Webcast Series

Alarm Fatigue: Evidence and Management Strategies
Thursday, March 30, 2017
1:00 p.m. Central Time

Alarm Fatigue: Evidence and Management Strategieswebcast is part one of a two-part webcast series on alarm and alert fatigue from the Society of Critical Care Medicine, held in collaboration with the Surgery Patient and Safety Committee. During this 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 Profressor, Anethesiology 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.

Learning Objectives
  • ​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
Faculty
Maria M. Cvach, DNP, RN, FAAN
Director of Policy Management and Integration
The Johns Hopkins Health System
Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Bradford D. Winters, MD, PhD, FCCM
Associate Professor, Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine and Surgery
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, Maryland, USA


Alert Fatigue: Management Approaches and Appropriate Metrics
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
1:00 p.m. Central Time

Alert Fatigue: Management Approaches and Appropriate Metrics is part two of a two-part webcast series on alarm and alert fatigue from the Society of Critical Care Medicine, held in collaboration with the Surgery Patient and Safety Committee. In this 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
  • 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
Faculty
Sandra L. Kane-Gill, PharmD, MS, FCCM
Associate Professor, Pharmacy and Therapeutics
University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA