The Joint Commission has released a report explaining a new national patient safety goal for hospitals to improve the safety of their clinical alarm systems.

These systems generally include visual and/or audio alarms on medical equipment, such as cardiac monitors, IV systems and ventilators, according to the commission. In general, nurse call systems, computerized provider order entry systems and other information technology systems are not included.

The report walks through the history and need for the new national patient safety goal for clinical alarms, comments from stakeholders and how they informed the current version of the goal, and sources that informed development of the goal. The report is available at jointcommission.org/r3_report_issue5/.

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