ECRI names top 5 health technology hazards for 2020
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March 27, 2020
by Brian Ward and Christopher Cheney
Misuse of surgical staplers is the top medical technology hazard for 2020, according to the ECRI Institute.
Twenty years after publication of the Institute of Medicine’s landmark report To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System, patient safety remains a significant concern in the healthcare sector. The report estimated at the time that 98,000 Americans were dying annually as a result of medical errors. Since then, that estimate has risen steadily to 440,000 lives, making medical errors the country’s third leading cause of death.
In its annual publication of the top 10 health technology hazards facing healthcare, the ECRI Institute lists the top five to be aware of in 2020:
1. Misuse of surgical staplers
“Consequences of a staple line failing or staples being misapplied can be fatal. Patients have experienced intraoperative hemorrhaging, tissue damage, unexpected postoperative bleeding, failed anastomoses, and other forms of harm,” according to an ECRI Institute executive report.
With information newly released to the public, the FDA now says that since 2011 it has received more than 100,000 incident reports regarding staplers, including:
In its annual publication of the top 10 health technology hazards facing healthcare, the ECRI Institute lists the top five to be aware of in 2020