Extension Healthcare and Saint Joseph Hospital to Participate in AAMI Foundation Alarm Management Safety Event Regional event hosted by the National Coalition for Alarm Management Safety brings alarm management vendors and clinicians together to exchange ideas for clinical alarm safety improvement

FORT WAYNE, IN. – October 1, 2015 – (Business Wire) – Extension Healthcare, a platinum sponsor of the AAMI Foundation/Healthcare Technology Safety Institute (HTSI) National Coalition for Alarm Management, announces its participation in the upcoming Boston-based event focusing on alarm management safety, infusion therapy safety, and continuous monitoring of patients on opioids. During the workshop, Extension customer, Saint Joseph Hospital, will present ideas for clinical alarm improvement and improved care team collaboration.

A Clinical Informatics Specialist from Saint Joseph Hospital, the largest private teaching hospital in Denver and part of SCL Health, will discuss results from a recent joint Extension-Saint Joseph clinical study in which nursing interruptions were the primary focus. The extensive research project has helped Saint Joseph identify various sources of nursing interruptions including the obvious alarms generated by regulated medical devices and alerts from other non-regulated clinical systems such as the nurse call system as well as the more obscure interruption events such as hallway conversations, physician calls, and the patients’ families. Saint Joseph will discuss the impact of interruptions on clinical workflows and will share best practices for reducing nursing interruption fatigue and improving care coordination by using Extension Engage™.

According to Mary Jahrsdoerfer, PhD, RN and Extension Healthcare’s Chief Nursing Officer, “Extension Healthcare is the industry thought-leader in alarm management and clinical communication collaboration; evidenced by our commitment to clinical studies. Saint Joseph’s Hospital and many other organizations have turned to Extension to assist them in developing a sound strategy around clinical interruptions and alarm fatigue.” Jahrsdoerfer added, “Our collaborative study demonstrated that unified communication is essential for patient safety and clinical workflow.”

Extension Engage, a next generation clinical alarm safety and event response platform, is in use by more than 200 hospitals in the U.S. including some of the nation’s largest IDN’s and Veterans Affairs Medical Centers. The Engage platform, which consists of the Extension Engage clinical workflow engine and the Extension Engage™ Mobile application, delivers the most comprehensive hospital alarm management, event driven patient-centric text messaging, and care team collaboration solution in the healthcare market. Many hospitals have adopted Extension Engage to assist with compliance with The Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) on alarm safety (06.01.01). The deadline for the NPSG is January 1, 2016.

The AAMI Foundation clinical workshop will take place in Boston, MA on October 14-15 at the Hyatt Regency. For more information contact Sarah Lombardi at slombardi@aami.org. There is no charge to attend the event but space is limited.

About Extension Healthcare

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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Whitney St. Pierre, Director of Marketing, Extension Healthcare, wstpierre@extensionhealthcare.com, 773-368-0911