ECRI Institute has again done their now annual compilation of the Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for the year 2012. The reprint can be downloaded for free from the ECRI site but you must register for that download.
The list is quite similar to their annual list of its Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2011 (see our January 2011 What’s New in the Patient Safety World column “ECRI’s Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2011”) though the order of rankings has changed somewhat.
At the top of this year’s list is alarm hazards. They provide an excellent discussion of not only alarm fatigue but a whole host of problems related to alarm systems in general and they provide a solid set of recommendations that each organization should consider.
Number 2 on their list is exposure hazard from radiation therapy and CT. Other hazards making the list include infusion pumps, surgical fires, cross-contamination of endoscopes, enteral feeding misconnections, needlesticks/sharps injuries, and pre-inspection of anesthesia equipment before use on patients. A new topic this year is failure to contemplate effects on all devices connected to a system when a change to one part of the system is undertaken. Another new one deals with poor usability of medical devices for home use.
ECRI Institute 2012 Top 10 Health Technology Hazards
ECRI. ECRI Institute’s 2011 Top 10 Health Technology Hazards. Health Devices 2010; 39(11): 386-398