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ECRI Institute Announces its Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2012
Date:11/8/2011

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa., Nov. 8, 2011  /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Health technology offers countless benefits, but there are also risks. What are the most serious device-related risks, and how can hospitals address them? ECRI Institute, an independent nonprofit that researches the best approaches to improving patient care, answers which risks should be part of every hospital's patient safety initiatives with the release of its Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2012.

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Now in its 5th year of publication, ECRI Institute's annual Top 10 hazard list is a comprehensive report designed to raise awareness of the potential dangers associated with the use of medical devices and systems. Most significantly, the report includes action-oriented recommendations on addressing these risks. The top five hazards on ECRI Institute's 2012 list are:

1. Alarm hazards
2. Exposure hazards from radiation therapy and computed tomography (CT)
3. Medication administration errors using infusion pumps
4. Cross-contamination from flexible endoscopes
5. Inattention to change management for medical device connectivity

"With so many health technologies being used today, it can be difficult for hospitals to decide how to prioritize their safety efforts," says James P. Keller, Jr., ECRI Institute's Vice President, Health Technology Evaluation and Safety. "Our list can be used as a guide to help hospitals focus on the most important issues."

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