With the Joint Commission moving to improve the safety of hospital clinical alarm systems, patient safety organization ECRI Institute has unveiled a service to aid hospitals in evaluating and modifying their alarm management processes.

Such modifications, along with re-examining a hospital’s culture and the way clinicians communicate about alarms, can cut nuisance alarms in half, which also reduces alarm fatigue and improves safety, according to ECRI. The organization ranks alarm hazards as the top concern on its 2014 Top 10 Health Technology Hazards List.

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