PLYMOUTH MEETING, PA–Medical device accidents can be among the most serious adverse events in healthcare. Examples include patient deaths from alarm fatigue or mismanagement, infusion pump overdoses, surgical fires, defibrillator failures, and overexposure from CT scans. As part of ECRI Institute’s mission to improve patient safety worldwide, the nonprofit organization is collaborating with the Malaysian Society for Quality in Health (MSQH) to present a one-day adverse event investigation and management seminar.

The seminar is being held in conjunction with the National Healthcare Leaders’ Summit on "Patients for Patient Safety, Malaysia," taking place at the Putrajaya Marriott Hotel, Malaysia on April 29, 2014. The summit will bring together the voices of patients, healthcare providers, and policy makers to address patient safety issues and to advocate the importance of patient and community engagement in improving healthcare services and patient safety.

ECRI Institute’s April 30, 2014 post-summit seminar, Medical Device Adverse Event Investigation and Management for Healthcare Leaders, will be facilitated by ECRI Institute’s Scott R. Lucas, PhD, PE, program manager, engineering, accident and forensic investigation. This seminar will address medical device accident causes, investigation techniques, and problem reporting. Participants will learn best-practice approaches for conducting an effective and efficient accident investigation. 

The adverse event investigation seminar is intended for governmental regulatory affairs personnel, healthcare policy makers, chief executive officers, general managers, chief operating officers, heads of clinical services, medical directors, directors of nursing, and hospital biomedical engineering managers.

For more information, view the conference brochure. For questions, please contact ECRI Institute’s Asia Pacific Regional Office by telephone at +60-3-7988 1919, by e-mail at asiapacific@ecri.org, or by fax at +60-3-7988 1170.  

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About ECRI Institute
ECRI Institute, an international nonprofit organization with an Asia Pacific regional office located in Kuala Lumpur, dedicates itself to bringing the discipline of applied scientific research to healthcare to discover which medical procedures, devices, drugs, and processes are best to enable improved patient care. As pioneers in this science for 45 years, ECRI Institute marries experience and independence with the objectivity of evidence-based research. Strict conflict-of-interest guidelines ensure objectivity. ECRI Institute is designated an Evidence-based Practice Center by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. ECRI Institute PSO is listed as a federally certified Patient Safety Organization by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Find ECRI Institute on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ECRIInstitute) and on Twitter (www.twitter.com/ECRI_Institute). For more information, visit www.ecri.org.

For more information, contact:
Laurie Menyo, Director of Public Relations and Marketing Communications
(610) 825-6000, ext. 5310
lmenyo@ecri.org