ECRI’s Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2023 list identifies the potential sources of danger they believe warrant the greatest attention for the coming year and offers practical recommendations for reducing risks.
Since its creation in 2008, this list has supported hospitals, health systems, ambulatory surgery centres, and manufacturers in addressing risks that can impact patients and staff. Their executive now includes specific calls to action for industry.
The list for 2023
1. Gaps in recalls for at-home medical devices cause patient confusion and harm.
2. Growing number of defective single-use medical devices puts patients at risk.
3. Inappropriate use of automated dispensing cabinet overrides can result in medication errors.
4. Undetected venous needle dislodgement or access-bloodline separation during hemodialysis can lead to death.
5. Failure to manage cybersecurity risks associated with cloud-based clinical systems can result in care disruptions.
6. Inflatable pressure infusers can deliver fatal air emboli from IV solution bags.
7. Confusion surrounding ventilator cleaning and disinfection requirements can lead to cross-contamination.
8. Common misconceptions about electrosurgery can lead to serious burns.
9. Overuse of cardiac telemetry can lead to clinician cognitive overload and missed critical events.
10. Underreporting device-related issues may risk recurrence.
You can download the full report via the link below. ECRI Members can also download the Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2023 Solutions Kit on their member page.
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