Friday, November 9, 2012

ECRI Names Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2013

ECRI Names Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2013 | HITECH Answers:

"What topics made the list?  Here’s the rundown:

  1. Alarm hazards
  2. Medication administration errors using infusion pumps
  3. Unnecessary exposures and radiation burns from diagnostic radiology procedures
  4. Patient/data mismatches in EHRs and other health IT systems
  5. Interoperability failures with medical devices and health IT systems
  6. Air embolism hazards
  7. Inattention to the needs of pediatric patients when using “adult” technologies
  8. Inadequate reprocessing of endoscopic devices and surgical instruments
  9. Caregiver distractions from smartphones and other mobile devices
  10. Surgical fires
Of particular interest to us is that for the first time, three Health IT-related topics made the Institutes annual list."

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