A data-driven approach to help you reduce non-actionable alarms
Alarm Management Consulting help applies GE patient monitoring expertise to help address alarm management in your designated care areas. A dedicated team of experts will analyze your alarm history and discuss potential changes in equipment settings and work practices.
Methodical Three Step Approach approach
Work starts with an assessment of your situation: The care areas that need attention, the time-span of the analysis, and the best way to share your alarm log files with us.
The program then follows three sequential phases.
Phase 1: Build the foundation
Alarm management touches many functions: nursing, biomedical, risk management, patient care, education, and more. We work with you to lay the foundation for improvement and set objectives.That starts with helping create a cross-functional alarm management team - or advising an existing team - and identifying champions to lead the alarm initiative. We also explore the default settings on all monitoring devices and decide how best to receive the alarm log files for analysis.
Phase 2: Analyze and recommend
During phase 2 our team will utilize sophisticated software to help analyze the alarm data: How many? How frequent? What kind? That analysis points toward appropriate corrective actions, typically including adjustments to device default settings based on your individualized clinical practices.
New alarm settings alone are not sufficient - staff education is essential. Live webinar training from GE frames the challenges of alarm management in the hospital. We also teach:
- Effective use of the GE EK-Pro alarm algorithm
- Proper skin preparation
- Proper lead placement
By using alarm data analysis and education, our clinical experts work with you to develop a customized alarm management program to help guide you as you determine your implementation strategy.
For the new, less noisy environment, we stress the need to incentivize and motivate staff members to treat all alarms seriously. Alarm champions receive instruction on dispensing ongoing education to the team. Finally, a time is scheduled for a follow-up assessment - typically three to six months.
Phase 3: Measure and report
The final phase includes verification that your selected alarm management program has been deployed. We also analyze your alarm data once more, show you the level of improvement achieved, and offer further suggestions. In the end, program deliverables include:
- Copies of alarm analytics reports
- Alarm quick-reference guide
- White paper and PowerPoint program on alarm management
- Troubleshooting guides: alarm, pace detection, NIBP, ECG