Mark Bruley is vice president for accident and forensic investigation at ECRI Institute. Patient safety with medical devices has been the focus of his work since he joined ECRI Institute in 1975. His initial work as a project engineer focused on the clinical and laboratory evaluation of medical devices.
Bruley frequently consults and lectures on medical device safety, medical technology accident investigation, and recall and problem reporting programs. He has authored more than 150 articles and book chapters. The Joint Commission, state departments of health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), standards committees, professional societies, and world governments have relied on his expertise for decades.
Bruley has researched the causes and prevention of surgical fires for more than 40 years. Conducted in collaboration with his ECRI Institute colleagues, that work resulted in production of a nationally distributed training video for prevention of surgical fires for the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation. Bruley has been active with the FDA-sponsored Hospital Bed Safety Workgroup (HBSW) since its formation in 1999. His work has focused on evidence-based equipment design and evaluation of bedrail guidelines and assessment of bedrail entrapment risks.
Bruley’s patient safety work addressed healthcare policy issues at the national level in 2000 when he presented invited testimony on “The Research Agenda for Errors with Healthcare Technology” at the First National Summit on Medical Errors and Patient Safety Research sponsored by the U.S. Quality Interagency Coordination Task Force (QuIC) and the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in Washington, DC. In 2004, he was appointed to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Postmarket Surveillance of Pediatric Medical Devices.
Awards recognizing his work include the American College of Clinical Engineering Devteq Patient Safety Award (2003), the Institute of Electrical/Electronics Engineers (Philadelphia chapter) Benjamin Franklin Key Award (2007 and 2013), and the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation & Becton Dickinson Patient Safety Award (2014).
Bruley earned a BS in biomedical engineering technology from Temple University. He is a certified clinical engineer, and holds EIT certification from the Pennsylvania State Board of Professional Engineers.