Health-IT-Care-Coordination-Tops-List-of-Patient-Safety-ConcernsECRI Institute recently published a report listing its Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for Healthcare Organizations based on a compilation of over 300,000 patient safety events, research requests and root-cause analyses submitted to ECRI Institute PSO. ECRI intends to publish the list annually to inspire conversations that will assist healthcare organizations in identifying their own unique sets of patient safety concerns.

ECRI’s Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for 2014 include:

  1. Data integrity failures with health information technology systems
  2. Poor care coordination with patient’s next level of care
  3. Test results reporting errors
  4. Drug shortages
  5. Failure to adequately manage behavioral health patients in acute care settings
  6. Mislabeled specimens
  7. Retained devices and unretrieved fragments
  8. Patient falls while toileting
  9. Inadequate monitoring for respiratory depression in patients taking opioids
  10. Inadequate reprocessing of endoscopes and surgical instruments

To read ECRI’s full report and learn more about why each of these issues topped this year’s list of patient safety concerns, click here.