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Accident Investigations

Find answers. Prevent recurrence.
When an accident or serious adverse event occurs in your facility, you want to know how it occurred, the root causes, whether the incident must be reported, and how to prevent recurrence. For many types of accidents, retaining a third-party investigator is critical to restoring operations, minimizing interdepartmental conflict, and maintaining staff confidence in the affected technology.

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Accident Investigation: Surgical Fire45 years experience addressing serious events
Nonprofit ECRI Institute is uniquely qualified to determine how a medical device, technology, or the delivery of care may or may not have contributed to an injury, death, or close call to help you prevent a repeat occurrence.

Since 1968, we have investigated 1,000's of injuries and deaths related to 100's of classes of medical devices—both capital equipment and medical-surgical supplies.

Unbiased, objective investigations
We provide specialized services to investigate, analyze, and prevent incidents, injuries, and deaths related to medical devices, the environment of care, and organization systems and processes. We also investigate accidents associated with healthcare facility physical infrastructure, sterilization processing, and ambulances.

With decades of experience worldwide, ECRI Institute can determine the root causes of an adverse event and help you prevent a repeat occurrence. Let us investigate, analyze, and prevent your incident.

On call, on site accident investigations
We can help your organization react quickly and knowledgeably to restore operations and maintain confidence after an incident. Download our brochure and view our past investigations. Our services are undertaken in strict confidence within the limits of ethical and legal confidentiality principles. Contact us at (610) 825-6000, or e-mail

In the news

  • Proper Medical Device Accident Reports Should be Part of Patient Safety, DotMed, 2/22/2013 (article)
  • FDA Focusing on Patients Catching Fire in
    Operating Rooms,, 6/12/2012 
  • Fatal Flaw: When Medical Devices Fail, Investigators Connect the Dots, Smart Planet, 4/19/2012 (article)
  • Hospitals Still Feel the Heat of Fire Risks, Modern Healthcare, 12/19/2011 (article)
  • Fire Erupts on Woman’s Face During Routine Surgery, ABC News, 12/1/2011 (article)
  • Pennsylvania Biomedical Engineer is World's Expert on Medical Accidents, The Philadelphia Inquirer, 7/4/2011 (article)