ECRI Releases Top 10 Health Technology Hazards

The ECRI Institute, a nonprofit research institute for patient safety, has released its annual list of the top 10 health technology hazards.

The list was created based on the likelihood each hazard: could cause serious injury or death, occurs often, could create a problem with widespread consequences, is difficult to recognize, could create negative attention for a hospital and could be addressed to prevent consequences.

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The hazard list, with the most pressing hazard first, includes:

1. Alarm hazards

2. Infusion pump medication errors

3. CT radiation exposure in pediatric patients

4. Data integrity failures in electronic health records and other health information technology systems

5. Occupational radiation hazards in hybrid operating rooms

6. Inadequate reprocessing of endoscopes and surgical instruments

7. Neglecting change management for networked devices and systems

8. Risks to pediatric patients from "adult" technologies

9. Robotic Surgery complications due to insufficient training

10. Retained devices and unretrieved fragments

Access the full report at ECRI's website.

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