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PATIENT SAFETY: Top 10 health technology hazards: 2015

ECRI Institute is a not-for-profit organization devoted to the improvement of patient care through research into the best procedures, medical devices, drugs, and processes.  Each year, ECRI prepares a list of the 10 top hazards related to health technology.  There is a free white paper that elaborates on each item on the following list, making recommendations on how to improve patient and staff safety:

  1. Alarms on devices and problems with configuring them
  2. EHR data errors or missing data
  3. Tangled up IV lines
  4. Equipment cleaning and sterilization
  5. Alarms again — this time related to disconnections of ventilators
  6. Patient lifts and other patient-handling device failures
  7. Diagnostic radiology radiation exposure increases (dose creep)
  8. Inadequate training in robotic surgery procedures
  9. Vulnerability of devices to malware and cyber attacks
  10. Inability to keep up with manufacturers’ recall and safety alert notifications

Source: ECRI Institute. (2014, Nov.). Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2015.  Click here for access to this white paper: https://www.ecri.org/Resources/Whitepapers_and_reports/Top_Ten_Technology_Hazards_2015.pdf  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org


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