Strategies for Managing Alarm Fatigue

As a community of exceptional acute and critical care nurses, AACN has long recognized the increasing impact of clinical alarms on patient safety. While this complex problem continues to grow and gain national attention, AACN remains committed to supporting individuals, units and hospitals in managing alarm safety. In collaboration with leading subject matter experts, we have developed practical, evidence-based tools and resources to assist clinicians and organizations in addressing this technological challenge.

Alarm Management Resources

Strategies for Managing Alarm Fatigue is a clinical toolkit that builds on learning from the AACN 2013 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) to help simplify sharing and implementation of new practices. Focused on clinical alarm safety, this Clinical Toolkit provides evidence-based strategies, resources, best practices and change implementation tools for reducing the impact of environmental alarms, thereby improving patient safety and increasing workplace effectiveness.


Alarm Fatigue Materials

Change Implementation Tools

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Special thanks to Dave Hanson, RN, MSN, CNS, NEA-BC, Assistant Director of Nursing, UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center, for his invaluable contribution to development of AACN’s “Strategies for Managing Alarm Fatigue” Clinical Toolkit.

We also acknowledge and thank the following contributors:

  • Judy Giovannelli, RN, MSN, CCRN, PCCN, FACCN-II
  • Pamela Anderson, RN, MS, ANP-BC, CCRN
  • Marjorie Funk, RN, MSN, PhD, FAAN, FAHA
  • Sue Sendelbach, RN, PhD, CCNS, FAHA


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