Most people have a New Year's resolution or two at this time of year. As we near the end of January, I'm guessing some of the resolutions have already been broken.
With the theme of making improvements for 2011, I wanted to share a list that shouldn't be ignored past the month of January: The ECRI Institute's Top Ten Health Technology Hazards list for 2011. The list highlights technology that can potential cause the most harm to patients when not implemented or working properly. It provides a nice starting point for hospitals that are looking for areas to be proactive in their Patient Safety efforts.
This year's Top Ten list:
- Radiation Overdose and Other Dose Errors during Radiation Therapy
- Alarm Hazards
- Cross Contamination from Flexible Endoscopes
- High Radiation Dose from CT Scanners
- Data Loss, System Incompatibilities, and Other IT Complications
- Luer Misconnections
- Oversedation during use of PCA Infusion Pumps
- Needlesticks and Other Sharps Injuries
- Surgical Fires
- Defibrillators Failures in Emergency Resuscitation Attempts
Here's to a safer 2011!