FORT WAYNE, Ind.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Extension Healthcare announced today that it has published an extensive guide for hospitals working to comply with The Joint Commission’s 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 today.
“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,” said Todd Plesko, CEO at Extension Healthcare.
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 AAMI and PSQH as they guide hospitals to create sustainable strategies for meeting TJC’s alarm safety goal. Extension is a sponsor of the National Coalition for Alarm Management, and has presented with customers at conferences and via webinar on integrating alarm management middleware. The company has also contributed multiple industry articles and hosts a blog to discuss relevant alarm safety news.
“Extension is a well-known and respected leader in alarm safety,” continued Plesko. “We are eager to share what we’ve learned with hospitals focusing on strategic initiatives to reduce alarm-related patient safety risks.”
Extension Healthcare’s alarm safety and event response platform isn’t just the next evolution of alarm safety solutions. Extension is addressing the critical problem of interruption fatigue and is transforming the way caregivers respond to patient events, and forever changing the way caregivers communicate. As an enterprise platform Extension intelligently manages clinical alarms, alerts, orders, labs, RTLS and others, while facilitating instant care team communication with patient-centric texting, both inside and outside of the hospital. Extension Engage Medical Device Alarm Notification has been granted FDA 510k Class II clearance for secondary notification.
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