The AAMI Foundation has announced a free webinar titled “Alarm Safety Update: Are You Ready?” to help hospitals and professionals involved in alarm management understand and meet new alarm safety requirements. The event will take place on October 5, 2015 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM (ET) .

Phase II of The Joint Commission’s (TJC) National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) 06.01.01, which requires hospitals to establish policies and procedures for managing alarms, is set to begin in January 2016. Educating hospital staff and licensed independent practitioners about alarm system management will also be required as of January 1, 2016.

According to AAMI, the“Alarm Safety Update: Are You Ready?” webinar will build on lessons learned during the AAMI Foundation’s earlier series, which was designed to boost awareness and understanding of alarms by healthcare professionals and decision makers.

This webinar will feature presentations by Ronald M. Wyatt, MD, MHA, medical director in TJC’s Division of Healthcare Improvement; Maria Cvach, DNP, RN, FAAN, a clinical safety specialist at Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality; and Sharon H. Allan, ACNS-BC, MSN, RN, CCRC, CVSICU, a clinical nurse specialist at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

The speakers will cover elements of performance for the alarm management goal, explain how to identify root causes and contributory factors related to alarm safety failures, and describe how using a bundled set of interventions can improve alarm response and reduce alarm burden.

Nurses, physicians, project managers, healthcare technology professionals, biomedical and clinical engineers, patient safety managers, IT specialists, and other healthcare professionals are encouraged to register.

After the seminar, attendees should be able to understand, implement, and create a plan for Phase II of NPSG 06.01.01; identify non-actionable alarms using nurse perception surveys and hospital alarm reports; and understand the importance of using real-time data to educate staff on alarm customization.

For more information, see the AAMI news release. To register, visit AAMI’s webinar registration page.