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ECRI Institute Announces its 2008 List of Top 10 Health Technology Hazards

Free guidance article helps hospitals guard against the risks.

Plymouth Meeting, PA, December 17, 2008 — In a recent Health Devices guidance article, ECRI Institute, an independent nonprofit that researches the best approaches to improving patient care, reveals its 2008 list of the 10 most dangerous health technology hazards facing hospitals. The list — updated annually based on problems reported to and investigated by ECRI Institute — includes detailed descriptions of these hazards, as well as concrete information on how to avoid them. The article is being offered to healthcare professionals for free to help them understand and prevent these dangerous — and sometimes deadly — hazards.

In creating its annual list, ECRI Institute draws upon its 40 years of experience in investigating device-related incidents on behalf of healthcare facilities. And the clear, realistic recommendations offered within are distilled from dozens of in-depth articles and thousands of hours of expert analysis.

The top five health technology hazards identified in the 2008 list are:

  1. Alarm Hazards

  2. Needlesticks and Other Sharps Injuries

  3. Air Embolism from Contrast Media Injectors

  4. Retained Devices and Un-retrieved Fragments Left in Patients

  5. Surgical Fires

"Our list is based on serious technology safety concerns that can be prevented with appropriate attention and planning. We hope that the list can help raise awareness about these problems, which should be on every hospital's quality improvement agenda," says James P. Keller, Jr., vice president, health technology evaluation and safety, ECRI Institute.

For a limited time, healthcare professionals can obtain the complete 2008 list and its recommendations by downloading the article, "Top 10 Health Technology Hazards," at https://www.ecri.org/Products/Pages/Top_10_Health_Technology_Hazards.aspx.

The guidance article is from the November 2008 issue of Health Devices, a monthly journal provided to members of ECRI Institute's Health Devices System, Health Devices Gold, and SELECTplus™ programs. For information about membership in the Health Devices System, contact ECRI Institute by mail at 5200 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462-1298, USA; by telephone at (610) 825-6000, ext. 5891; by e-mail at [email protected]; or by fax at (610) 834-1275. ECRI Institute's European office can be contacted at [email protected], ECRI Institute's Asia-Pacific office can be contacted at [email protected], and ECRI Institute's Middle Eastern office can be contacted at [email protected].

About ECRI Institute
ECRI Institute, a nonprofit organization, dedicates itself to bringing the discipline of applied scientific research to healthcare to discover which medical procedures, devices, drugs, and processes are best to enable improved patient care. As pioneers in this science for 40 years, ECRI Institute marries experience and independence with the objectivity of evidence-based research. ECRI Institute is designated a Collaborating Center of the World Health Organization and an Evidence-based Practice by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.


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