Implementing a Unit-Based Alarm Management Bundle for Critical Care Nurses

Author(s): Stephanie Bosma, DNP, FNP, Roberta Christopher, EdD, MSN, ARNP, NE-BC, CAIF

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP B 1.00

Expires Apr 01, 2026

Topics: Patient Safety

Population: Geriatric, Adult

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

The Joint Commission’s 2022 goal of improving clinical alarm safety remains a top priority nationwide. Alarms may interrupt a patient’s healing process, but they can also induce a crippling condition among nurses known as alarm fatigue. Alarm fatigue occurs when clinicians are exposed to an overwhelming number of alarms, particularly non-actionable alarms, and thereby become desensitized to them. This article describes a quality improvement project which was implemented to reduce alarm fatigues and improve nursing practice in managing alarms.


  • Describe the significant impact clinical alarms have on the healing process, alarm fatigue and desensitization, and patient outcomes.
  • Discuss how use of an evidence-based alarm management bundle contributes to decreased alarm fatigue and improved management practices.
  • List alarm management competencies enhanced through in-service training.

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Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity, read Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes, and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


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