Date:  March 25, 2014

Time:  2:30 - 3:00 pm (Eastern Time)

Cost:  FREE



The Johns Hopkins Hospital implemented several major initiatives to reduce hazardous situations related to alarm systems.  By relying on data to determine baseline alarm priority levels and then evaluating the effectiveness of improvement efforts, the alarm improvement effort greatly reduced noise in monitored units, made clinicians more attentive to the alarm signals that do sound, and worked to optimize both technology and workflow at every step in the process.

This webinar will provide information on how to develop a systematic, coordinated approach to clinical alarm system management in hospitals.  It will also provide an opportunity to have your questions answered on topics such as strategies to prepare for and implement the requirements of the alarm safety National Patient Safety Goal.

We encourage webinar participants to submit questions to the presenter in advance of the live event.  Questions may also be submitted during the live event, using the instructions provided at the start of the webinar.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the requirements associated with the Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goal of improving the safety of clinical alarm systems.
  2. Recognize the components necessary for completing an alarm management inventory.

About the Presenter:  Maria Cvach, RN, DNP, CCRN

Maria Cvach is a practicing cardiac and critical care nurse who currently serves as assistant director of nursing at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore.  At Johns Hopkins, Dr. Cvach manages clinical standards and evidence-based practice nursing, and also serves as co-chair of the hospital’s Alarm Management Committee.

Maria has presented on the topic of alarm fatigue at the National Alarm Summit and the International Society for Computerized Electrocardiology, among many others.  She was recently featured in an article in the Washington Post.



Her publications on this topic include:

  • Cvach, M., Frank, R., Doyle, Stevens, Z. (2013). Use of pagers with an alarm escalation system to reduce cardiac monitor alarm signals. Journal of Nursing Care Quality 29(1); 9-18.
  • Cvach, M., Biggs, M., Rothwell, K., Charles-Hudson, C. (2013). Daily electrode change and effect on cardiac monitor alarms: an evidence-based practice approach. Journal of Nursing Care Quality 28(3); 265-71.
  • Cvach, M. Alarm Fatigue: Integrative Review. BI&T Journal.  July/August 2012; p.268-277.
  • Cvach, M., & Lee, M.C. (2010). Selecting the Pathway to Translation. In S.Poe & K. White (Eds), Johns Hopkins nursing evidence based practice: Implementation and Translation. Indianapolis, IN: Sigma Theta Tau International.
  • Creighton, K., Cvach, M. (2010). Monitor alarm fatigue: standardizing progressive care nurse’s utilization of physiologic monitors and decreasing nuisance alarms. American Journal of Critical Care Nursing, 19(1), 28-35.

Continuing Nursing Education:

  • The Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.  This 0.5 contact hour educational activity is provided by The Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing.