The Joint Commission last month released an R3 Report (Requirement, Rationale, Reference) for the new National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) that requires accredited hospitals and critical access hospitals to improve the safety of their clinical alarm systems. The R3 Report provides organizations and interested professionals in-depth information about the rationale and references that were employed in the development of the new NPSG, which is being implemented in two phases. The first phase went into effect this month, and heightens awareness of the potential risks associated with clinical alarms. The second phase will be effective Jan. 1, 2016, and introduces requirements to mitigate those risks.

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