In June 2013, The Joint Commission approved new National Patient
Safety Goal NPSG.06.01.01 on clinical alarm safety for hospitals
and critical access hospitals.
The implementation for NPSG.06.01.01 will occur in two phases:
In Phase I (beginning January 2014), hospitals will be
required to establish alarms as an organization priority and
identify the most important alarms to manage based on their own
In Phase II (beginning January 2016), hospitals will be
expected to develop and implement specific components of policies
and procedures. Education of those in the organization about
alarm system management will also be required in January 2016.
The Joint Commission plans to publish the Phase I and II
requirements at the same time to provide the field with complete
information about the ultimate requirements of NPSG.06.01.01.
However, due to changes that could arise from newly emerging
evidence about best practices, the field’s experience with Phase
I requirements, and other developmental work, the Phase II
requirements may be enhanced before they are implemented. Any
changes to Phase II requirements will be communicated to the
field through Joint Commission channels such as field reviews,
Perspectives, Joint Commission Online, and the
Joint Commission Connect™ extranet.