Healthcare IT in List of Top 10 Dangerous Technologies

The ECRI Institute has released a list detailing the top 10 most dangerous technologies for 2011, listing healthcare information technology complications as one of those potential hazards, according to an organization white paper.

For each of the top 10 hazardous technologies, ECRI has listed the problem's descriptions, recommendations to healthcare providers and a list of resources to reference. Potentially hazardous technologies are listed below:

1.    Radiation overdose and other dose errors during radiation therapy
2.    Alarm hazards
3.    Cross-contamination from flexible endoscopes
4.    High radiation dose of CT scans
5.    Data loss, system incompatibilities and other health IT complications
6.    Luer misconnections
7.    Oversedation during use of PCA infusion pumps
8.    Needlesticks and other sharps injuries
9.    Surgical fires
10.  Defibrillator failures in emergency resuscitation attempts

Read the ECRI Institute's white paper on its top 10 most dangerous health technologies (pdf). (Note: Download requires free sign-up.)

Read other coverage about healthcare IT complications:

- University of Tennessee Medical Center Warns 8K Patients About Possible Data Breach

- Six California Hospitals Fined for Data Breaches

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