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Jan 16 2013

The Joint Commission Requests Comments on Alarm Management

Now through February 26, The Joint Commission is requesting comments on a newly proposed National Patient Safety Goal (“NPSG”) on the management of alarms. Elements of Performance under the new Goal, numbered NPSG.06.01.01, include establishing alarm safety as a hospital priority, preparing an annual inventory of alarms, identifying the most important alarms to manage, establishing policies and procedures for managing the most important alarms, and educating staff members about alarm policies and procedures.

While the effective date of NPSG.06.01.01 is not currently known, the comment period gives providers an excellent opportunity to voice their opinions about the new NPSG.

For more information on the proposed NPSG and to submit comments, please use this link.