These are 2016's top 10 health technology hazards

A NEW report from a US research institute has proposed the top 10 health technology hazards in medicine today.

The ECRI institute formulated the list based on tests, real-world observation, incident reports, literature reviews, and interviews with clinicians, engineers and others.

The aim is to help doctors and clinics prioritise their efforts to protect patient safety. In order, the hazards are:

  1. Inadequate cleaning of flexible endoscopes before disinfection
  2. Missed alarms
  3. Failure to effectively monitor postoperative patients for opioid-induced

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