Extension Healthcare publishes alarm safety compliance guide


Extension Healthcare has published an extensive guide for hospitals working to comply with The Joint Commission’s (TJC) alarm safety goal in advance of the January 1, 2016 deadline.

This free resource includes a comprehensive list of the most commonly asked questions by hospital leaders working to meet and exceed TJC’s alarm safety goal as well as access to an alarm safety specialist.

Todd Plesko, chief executive officer of Extension Healthcare, said: “Extension’s clinical solutions team – the largest in the industry – has the knowledge and experience gained through a rapidly growing base of clients seeking guidance on how to manage clinical interruptions.”

Extension Engage is currently servicing more than 200 hospitals and is expected to reach 300 by the end of 2015.

The next-generation alarm safety and event response platform manages the full spectrum of clinical interruptions, including medical device alarms (e.g. patient monitors, ventilators), alerts (e.g. nurse call, clinical order), and communications (e.g. text messaging, voice call).

Extension has developed partnerships with key patient safety organizations, including the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) and Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare (PSQH) as they guide hospitals to create sustainable strategies for meeting TJC’s alarm safety goal.

Plesko said: “Extension is a well-known and respected leader in alarm safety. We are eager to share what we’ve learned with hospitals focusing on strategic initiatives to reduce alarm-related patient safety risks.”

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