Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2015

Monday, December 15, 2014

Advances in technology can enhance the health care industry, providing various improvements and benefits. However, such developments can also create new opportunities for injury.

ECRI Institute, a nonprofit organization that researches the best approaches to improving patient care, released a report entitled "The Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2015." The report should be used to raise awareness of the potential dangers associated with the use of particular medical systems and devices.

The list is updated annually based upon the frequency and severity of incidents reported to the institute by health care facilities nationwide and information found in the institute’s medical device reporting databases. The rankings are also based on the judgment, analysis and expertise of the organization’s safety staff.

The report discusses those remedial issues that should be a part of every hospital’s patient safety scheme. Health organizations can use the information to help focus and prioritize their efforts to address the dangers.

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