The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation Foundation’s Healthcare Technology Safety Institute (HTSI) will host two free Webinars in December on alarm management.

As the number of medical devices has multiplied, so too has the number of alarms, including false alarms. The end result—alarm fatigue—can lead overwhelmed clinicians who ignore critical alarms.

The Webinars, part of a broader effort by HTSI to curb alarm system problems, begin with the first Webinar, set for December 3 from 12 pm to 1 pm EST. Participants will learn about an approach developed in Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, that significantly reduced alarm signals throughout the hospital. For more information, click here.

The second Webinar, on December 17 from 12 pm to 1 pm EST, will focus on how data can drive alarm system improvement efforts. Speakers from The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, will describe how a multidisciplinary team cut noise in the hospital and made clinicians more attentive to the alarm signals by relying on data to establish baseline alarm priority levels and evaluating the effectiveness of improvement efforts. Visit AAMI online for more on this Webinar.