Top ten healthcare technology hazards released by ECRI Institute
10 Dec 2010
The ECRI Institute has released its 5th annual list of Top
10 Health Technology Hazards for 2011. The list features the top health
technology hazards that warrant critical attention by hospitals and
other healthcare organizations in the coming year.
The list is updated each year based upon the prevalence and
severity of incidents reported to ECRI Institute by healthcare
facilities in the US; information found in the Institute's medical
device problem reporting databases; and the judgment, analysis, and
expertise of the organization's multidisciplinary staff. Many of the
items on this year's list are well-recognized hazards with numerous
reported incidents over the years.
The 2011 list, originally published in ECRI Institute's Health
Devices journal (Nov. 2010), offers information about how these
hazards occur, with recommendations for prevention and a
comprehensive resource list for more in-depth information.
The top five hazards on ECRI Institute's 2011 list are:
- radiation overdose and other dose errors during radiation
- alarm hazards;
- cross-contamination from flexible endoscopes;
- the high radiation dose of CT scans;
- data loss, system incompatibilities, and other health IT
"If a hospital or health system needs help prioritizing its
technology-related patient safety efforts, our top 10 list is a good
place to start," says James P Keller Jr, Vice President, Health
Technology and Safety, ECRI Institute.
"From dose errors during radiation therapy, to critical patient
alarms that are set incorrectly, inappropriately silenced, or
ignored, each of the problems on our list can be prevented or made
less likely to occur if recommendations for effective
risk-mitigation strategies are employed," says Keller in a
one-minute overview video about the report.
Healthcare professionals can obtain the complete 2011 list and
its recommendations at no cost from: