At press time, ECRI released its annual list of top 10 patient safety issues. At the top again was alarms; something that has been a concern for ECRI over the course of several lists. This time, the issue list focuses on the policies and practices around alarms. Other familiar items on the list include Health IT — a concern to regulators like The Joint Commission, which issued Sentinel Event Alert related to Health IT last month.
Mixing up IV lines, medication reconciliation, and issues surrounding the inadequate process of endoscopes and surgical equipment have all appeared before.
But among the familiar were some new issues: managing patient violence, opioid-related events, medications errors related to metric conversions of weight, and handoff problems related to patient transport.
Next month, Hospital Peer Review will have a complete story on the top 10 list and will talk with one of the authors about the new included items and which did not make the cut.
The full list can be found at the ECRI website, www.ecri.com.