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May 2022

ECRI Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for 2022



ECRI (ECRI 2022) has released it’s annual Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for 2022:


1.     Workforce shortages

2.     Healthcare worker mental health problems linked to COVID-19

3.     Bias and racism in addressing patient safety

4.     Vaccine coverage gaps and errors

5.     Cognitive biases and diagnostic error

6.     Nonventilator healthcare-associated pneumonia

7.     Human factors in operationalizing telehealth

8.     International supply chain disruptions

9.     Products subject to emergency use authorization

10.  Telemetry monitoring


The COVID-19 pandemic has obviously weighed heavily on their choices.


We suggest you go to the ECRI site for full details on each of those concerns, so we’ll only comment on a few.


Workforce shortages should be near the top of everyone’s list. Burnout has taken its toll on an already aging workforce. Our January 2022 What's New in the Patient Safety World column “Another Striking Nurse Staffing Study” noted the impending shortage of nursing staff. But the anticipated shortages really apply to all categories of healthcare worker.


We have discussed several of the other concerns in columns over the years. Diagnostic error and the influence of cognitive biases on diagnostic error have long been on any lists of patient safety concerns. Our prior columns are listed below, including our most recent November 16, 2021 Patient Safety Tip of the Week “Cognitive Biases and Heuristics in the Delivery Room”.


Telemetry monitoring has also been a frequent topic. Unnecessary telemetry monitoring is a significant contributor to alarm fatigue and it is usually our number one target when we advise hospitals in reducing alarm fatigue. But there are other problems associated with telemetry monitoring. Our columns listed below have discussed telemetry units transposed on the wrong patients, battery-related issues, incidents during intrahospital transports, communication issues, and others. Our June 23, 2020 Patient Safety Tip of the Week “Telemetry Incidents” summarizes many of the issues encountered with telemetry.



See also our other columns related to COVID-19:




Some of our prior columns on cognitive biases and diagnostic error:




Some of our prior columns on the hazards associated with telemetry:






ECRI. Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns 2022. ECRI March 2022





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