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

azards list is updated each year based upon information found in ECRI Institute's medical device problem reporting databases, and the judgment, analysis, and expertise of the organization's multidisciplinary staff. Some hazards remain for several years, some are updated with a different emphasis, and others are removed to make room for new items.  

Each of the hazards in the 2012 report met one or more of the following criteria:  

  • It has resulted in injury or death
  • It has occurred frequently
  • It can affect a large number of individuals
  • It has had a high profile or wide-spread news coverage

Lastly, to make the list, there had to be clear steps that hospitals can take now to minimize the risks from each of the hazards.

This year, in addition to the published top 10 report, ECRI Institute has developed a web-based survey tool to help hospitals easily assess their facility's risk in each of the ten areas. The new tool is available exclusively to members of ECRI Institute's Health Devices System.

"Every hospital should develop a team of health technology safety champions," says Keller.  "Their number one assignment should be to protect their patients from the type of risks on our list. The new self-assessment tool was designed to help them do that."

The Top 10 Health Technology Hazards List for 2012 is available for free download from ECRI Institute's website at: www.ecri.org/2012_Top_10_Hazards. To watch a short video about this year's list, click here.

The top 10 list was originally published in the November 2011 issue of ECRI Institute's Health Devices journal. The journal is provided to members of ECRI Institute's
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