Risk management and patient safety professionals are facing more pressure and new strains on already taxed resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. As hospitals and healthcare systems actively respond, these leaders are tasked with ensuring the safety of patients, residents, and staff as shortages of life-saving medical technology, including ventilators, and personal protective equipment (PPE) abound. They must take an enterprise risk management approach to ensure protection of the organizations' financial, human, and infrastructure resources. As the virus’ rapid spread continues and more staff are infected, the pressure to do more with less only intensifies.

ECRI brings together technology and safety expertise to support your initiatives. The depth and breadth of our medical technology experience enables us to provide guidance for your device challenges. Our expert research and advice address a wide range of risk factors—including the emergency preparedness and infection prevention guidance and tools that we are offering below for free public access. Additional comprehensive content is available on our membership websites. Please contact us to learn more.

Key resources for risk management

  • UPDATED COVID-19 FAQs (April 29, 2020) | Your Questions Answered: Get answers to your frequently asked questions for COVID-19 relating to clinical, infection prevention, patient safety, and supply chain concerns.
  • NEW Upcoming Webinar (April 29, 2020) | COVID-19: The Mental Health Effects in Aging Care: Join leadership from ECRI and LeadingAge PA as they discuss how to prevent the harmful side-effects such as depression which can result from prolonged isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • UPDATED (April 27, 2020) | Coronavirus Support Product Equivalents: Best matches for the three most popular air clearance units, breathing circuits, disinfecting wipes, HME filters, IV solutions, and universal transfer media. Proprietary database includes manufacturer name, catalog number, percentage match, median price, and KPI details.
  • UPDATED (April 27, 2020) | Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Supply Equivalents: Best matches for the three most popular exam gloves, disinfecting wipes, face shields, isolation gowns, IV solutions, N95 air purifying respirators, shoe covers, surgical masks, and universal transport medium based on key performance indicators (KPIs) and functional equivalence. Proprietary database includes manufacturer name, catalog number, percentage match, median price, and KPI details.
  • COVID-19 Lab Webcast | N95 Respirators-New Guidance for Addressing Shortages: View the recording of our April 15, 2020, live-streamed lab webcast, for updated recommendations from ECRI experts on new CDC recommendations, expanded decontamination options—Sterrad and Battelle, and importing of equivalent N95 masks.
  • COVID-19 Lab Webcast | Infusion Therapy-Conserving Supplies in the Age of COVID-19: View a recording of our April 8, 2020, live-streamed lab webcast, where ECRI and ISMP experts discussed how to manage infusion therapies during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • COVID-19 Lab Webcast | Using Anesthesia Units for Patient Ventilators: View a recording of our April 7, 2020, live-streamed lab webcast, to understand how anesthesia units can be used for ICU ventilation with planning, how you should prepare to utilize anesthesia units for ICU ventilation, including sources and supplies, and where to find detailed guidance.

Resources for healthcare professionals

Our free resources include emergency preparedness and infection control guidelines, checklists, and tools; supply chain resources, and guidance for aging care facilities. Additional resources and services are available through ECRI’s membership programs. Contact us today to learn more.

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