Alarm Navigator

 

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Thousands of alarms occur in each hospital department. The continuous analysis using Excel Medical's Alarm Navigator allows to measure baseline alarms, discrminate actionable alarm from informative and anoing alarms, develop informed and targeted intervention plans and continuously measure post-intervention improvements to alarm fatique challenge.

Alarm fatigue happens in healthcare when the volume of beeps and sounds from medical devices are seemingly unending and overwhelming to both clinicians and patients. Excel’s Alarm Navigator™ software platform uniquely captures clinical alarms including corresponding waveforms so hospitals may analyze and differentiate false-positive from actionable alarms. A web-based, customized report tool, Alarm Navigator helps hospitals understand the alarm puzzle for patient safety and compliance with US Joint Commissions National Patient Safety Goal on Alarm Management.

 
 
 

Erlanger Healthcare Hospital quote:

"Alarm Navigator - an addon to Excel's BedMasterEX acquistions platform - offers tremendous power as we work to improve patient safety by reducing the audible and visual alarm burden on our clinical staff for events that do not require clinical intervention," said Spears McAllester, Erlanger director of Clinical Engineering. "It ill also play a key role in our efforts during 2015 to comply with the Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goal on Alarm Management."

With an understanding of the total number of alarms, the different kinds of alarms, how ong each alarm lasts, and in which specific care unit alarms occur, Erlanger can customize larm activation settings and identify potential changes to patient management processes that will enhance patient care and safety, said officials. These customized settings and rocess changes also will help Erlanger to comply with the objectives of the Alarm Safety ational Patient Safety Goal established by The Joint Commission.

“As a unique web-based application, Alarm Navigator is fully scalable, allowing hospitals to dentify and quantify alarm conditions and to generate meaningful reports that enable vidence-based decision making when approaching the clinical alarm challenge,” said John Hoffman, president of Excel Medical. “The hospital can harvest already available alarm data from atient monitoring systems by utilizing a software-only solution that leverages the existing hospital IT infrastructure."

“We are excited to integrate the Alarm Navigator program into the Erlanger Health System,” said Kevin M. Spiegel, FACHE, Erlanger president and CEO. “The safety of our patients is our top priority, and I am confident this new program will enhance the safety aspect of care for all of our patients.