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ECRI Institute identifies alarm hazards as its Top Health Technology Hazard for 2013 and the Joint Commission issued an April 2013 Sentinel Event Alert on alarm fatigue. As the number of medical devices — each with its own alarm — continues to increase within acute and critical care environments, so does the potential impact on patient safety.
Webinar panelists will discuss the scope of the problem and management of environmental alarms for improved patient safety, and will provide strategies nurses can employ to create a more effective (and quieter) workplace.
At the end of the session, participants will be able to:
Dr. Marjorie Funk is a professor at the Yale University School of Nursing, New Haven, Connecticut. Her research focuses on the wise use of technology in caring for critically ill patients with heart disease, with electrocardiographic (ECG) monitoring figuring prominently throughout her career.
Dr. Funk sits on the Board of Directors for the Healthcare Technology Foundation and serves on the Alarm Best Practices Group for the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation’s (AAMI) Healthcare Technology Safety Institute.
Maria Cvach is a practicing cardiac and critical care nurse who currently serves as assistant director of nursing at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore. At Johns Hopkins, Ms. Cvach manages clinical standards and evidence-based practice nursing, and also serves as co-chair of the hospital’s Alarm Management Committee.
Ms. Cvach has presented on the topic of alarm fatigue at the National Alarm Summit (October, 2011) and the International Society for Computerized Electrocardiology (April, 2012).
Dr. Sue Sendelbach is Director of Nursing Research and a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. She is certified as a critical care CNS (CCNS) and has actively practiced in this area for more than 20 years.
Dr. Sendelbach is a member of the Association of the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation’s Alarm Fatigue workgroup.
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Learners must view the entire webinar and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded 0.5 hours CNE (Synergy Category A).
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In accordance with ANCC guidelines, the contact hours for this educational activity are due for renewal on June 20, 2016.
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