ECRI Institute has released its annual Top 10 list for health technology hazards for 2018 (ECRI 2017). They are:
Most of these have been on ECRI’s lists at some time in the past. But the cybersecurity issue really vaulted to the top of the list this year after hospital systems ground to a halt after ransomware attacks. HealthLeaders Media (Pecci 2017) noted six points for leadership to consider from Juuso Leinonen, senior project engineer for ECRI Institute's Health Devices Group:
Again on this year’s list is the one regarding secondary alarm notification systems. You’ll recall in our February 9, 2016 Patient Safety Tip of the Week “” we described a case in which the alarm notification went out to a healthcare worker who was not assigned to that patient rather than to the correct person.
Electrosurgical electrode pencil handling also made this year’s list. Proper use of safety holsters for active-electrode pencils is critical to avoid inadvertent activation of ESU pencils. We’ve done numerous columns on the role of electrocautery devices causing both surgical fires and iatrogenic burns. Our September 5, 2017 Patient Safety Tip of the Week “” discussed in detail issues related to electrocautery devices.
We’ll let you read about these and all the others in the ECRI document itself. You can download ECRI Institute’s Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2018 for free at the ECRI site.
ECRI Institute. Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2018. ECRI Institute. November 2017
Pecci AW. 6 Things Healthcare Execs Should Do to Prepare for Cyber Threats. HealthLeaders Media 2017; November 21, 2017