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April 2017

ECRI Institute’s 2017 Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns


Every year ECRI Institute publishes its list of the “Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for Healthcare Organizations”.


The list for 2017 (ECRI 2017):

  1. Information Management in EHRs
  2. Unrecognized Patient Deterioration
  3. Implementation and Use of Clinical Decision Support
  4. Test Result Reporting and Follow-Up
  5. Antimicrobial Stewardship
  6. Patient Identification
  7. Opioid Administration and Monitoring in Acute Care
  8. Behavioral Health Issues in Non-Behavioral-Health Settings
  9. Management of New Oral Anticoagulants
  10. Inadequate Organization Systems or Processes to Improve Safety and Quality



Once again, there is a heavy focus on healthcare IT. And the issue of inadequate management of behavioral health problems in non-behavioral health settings has been a frequent topic for us (many columns on suicide on general hospital units, wandering and elopement, and violence in healthcare), as have been opioid management/monitoring, antimicrobial stewardship, test result follow up, and patient identification issues.


New to this year’s list are #2, 9, and 10.


We’ll let you go to the full ECRI list for details. Click here to go to the ECRI Institute site where you can download the list.







ECRI Institute. Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for Healthcare Organizations for 2017. ECRI Institute 2017






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