ECRI Institute: Top 10 patient safety concerns of 2017

The ECRI Institute released its "Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for Healthcare Organizations 2017" report on Monday, with EHR information management, use of clinical decision support and antimicrobial stewardship topping the list.

The annual report is based on data from ECRI Institute's Patient Safety Organization, concerns raised by provider organizations and expert judgment and is intended to help provider organizations prioritize issues and create corrective action plans.

"The 10 patient safety concerns listed in our report are very real. They are causing harm — often serious harm — to real people," Catherine Pusey, RN, the associate director of ECRI Institute's PSO, said.

ECRI Institute's 10 picks for top patient safety concerns this year are listed below.

1. Information management in EHRs

2. Unrecognized patient deterioration

3. Implementation and use of clinical decision support

4. Test result reporting and follow-up

5. Antimicrobial stewardship

6. Patient identification

7. Opioid administration and monitoring in acute care

8. Behavioral health issues in non-behavioral-health settings

9. Management of new oral anticoagulants

10. Inadequate organization systems or processes to improve safety and quality

Download the full report here.

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