NASHVILLE, Tenn., – Amplion Clinical Communications (Amplion) has designed an Alarm Management Consulting service for hospitals and health systems aimed to address and satisfy the requirements for The Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) on Alarm Management.
Technological advances continue to positively impact the healthcare industry. There are a multitude of clinical devices to support and monitor patients, yet managing the changing technology is challenging. Each medical device has its own alarm capability, which has resulted in alarm fatigue and other pressing issues for clinicians and impacts patient safety.
The Joint Commission has mandated that hospitals improve their alarm management process in 2014, and by the end of 2015 establish policies and procedures. In January 2016, hospitals are expected to develop and implement strategies to address key areas of concern and to support effective alarm management.
Taking the initiative with Amplion is Kadlec Regional Medical Center, rolling out Amplion’s alarm management consulting service. Located in Richland, Wash., Kadlec is a 270-bed general medical/surgical, not-for-profit hospital that has been awarded for positive strides in patient safety and quality care over the years.
“I wanted to analyze our patient alarm needs before selecting an alarm management solution. Amplion listened and provided a customized alarm consulting service to help us meet the Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goal and developed the solution to meet our needs,” said Roy Kearns, Manager Clinical Engineering at Kadlec Regional Medical Center.
Customized to address Kadlec’s challenges, the two organizations are working together to achieve the following objectives:
• Catalogue wide variety of 50+ alarming medical devices;
• Document improvements after changing the devices’ alarming parameters; and
• Deliver a Joint Commission-ready report, detailing all findings and hospital alarm policies.
Amplion’s Alarm Management Consulting Service follows a three-phase approach, highlighted below:
• Phase One – Current State / Assessment
• Phase Two – Alarm Data Collection
• Phase Three – Alarm Management Report & Recommendations
“We are excited to be working with Kadlec with the collective goal of reducing alarm fatigue and improving patient safety and caregiver satisfaction. Amplion’s proven methods for measuring the frequency and duration of medical device alarms after changing the device parameters allows hospitals to safely decrease the total number of alarms,” said Frank Grant, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer for Amplion Clinical Communications.
For more information about Amplion’s Alarm Management Consulting Service, please contact Frank Grant at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 615-739-9143.
Kadlec Regional Medical Center is a not-for-profit health system serving a population of close to 500,000 residents in southeastern Washington and northeastern Oregon. Founded in 1944, Kadlec has a rich heritage of offering vital health services to everyone who needs it, regardless of their ability to pay. Kadlec has grown into a regional referral center providing primary and specialty care services for patients of all ages. Flagship services include comprehensive cardiac care, neurosurgery and neurology, neonatal and pediatrics, and emergency medicine. Today, more than 2,700 employees work at Kadlec in the main hospital, or in primary and specialty care physician clinics throughout the region. Kadlec has expanded its clinical presence into Prosser, Hermiston and Pendleton within the past 18 months. Kadlec Regional Medical Center and its affiliated physicians provide over $30 million a year in uncompensated care. In June, Kadlec affiliated with Providence Health & Services.
About Amplion Clinical Communications (Amplion)
Amplion’s Alarm Management Consulting Service is based on a subset of its clinical communication systems that take patient care to the next level. It supports hospitals of all sizes to improve quality, safety and cost of care while enhancing patient satisfaction. Amplion’s in-room alert and response system facilitates real-time attention to patient needs, compliance with care protocols, reduction of never-events and the ability to track, manage and confirm the delivery of care. Founded in 1979 as Dalcon Communication Systems, the company rebranded in 2012 as Amplion Clinical Communications.
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