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An App That Empowers Surgical Patients to Take Control of Their Recovery—Boston Medical Center's Award-Winning Initiativehttps://www.ecri.org/components/HDJournal/Pages/12th_HD_Achievement_Award_Winner_BMC.aspxAn App That Empowers Surgical Patients to Take Control of Their Recovery—Boston Medical Center's Award-Winning Initiative5/16/2018 12:00:00 AM ​Boston Medical Center (Boston, MA) was named the winner of ECRI Institute's 12th Health Devices Achievement Award for its development of a mobile app designed to reduce postoperative pulmonary complications by engaging patients in the recovery process.
Reducing IV Contrast Extravasations during CT Examinations—Einstein Healthcare Network Validates a New Approachhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HDJournal/Pages/12th_HD_Achievement_Award_finalist_Einstein.aspxReducing IV Contrast Extravasations during CT Examinations—Einstein Healthcare Network Validates a New Approach5/16/2018 12:00:00 AM ​Einstein Healthcare Network (Philadelphia, PA) was named a finalist for ECRI Institute's 12th Health Devices Achievement Award for its research into reducing IV contrast extravasations that occur during contrast-enhanced CT examinations.
Coping with Delivery Delays and High Supply Costs in the Philippines—St. Luke's Medical Center's Medical Equipment Accessories Management Programhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HDJournal/Pages/12th_HD_Achievement_Award_finalist_St_Lukes.aspxCoping with Delivery Delays and High Supply Costs in the Philippines—St. Luke's Medical Center's Medical Equipment Accessories Management Program5/16/2018 12:00:00 AM ​St. Luke's Medical Center in the Philippines (Quezon City, Metro Manila) was named a finalist for ECRI Institute's 12th Health Devices Achievement Award for its program evaluating the quality and performance of third-party medical equipment accessories.
Identifying and Responding to Clinically Decompensating Patients—Boston Medical Center's EMR-Based Early Warning Systemhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HDJournal/Pages/12th_HD_Achievement_Award_finalist_BMC_EWS.aspxIdentifying and Responding to Clinically Decompensating Patients—Boston Medical Center's EMR-Based Early Warning System5/16/2018 12:00:00 AM ​Boston Medical Center (Boston, MA) was named a finalist for ECRI Institute's 12th Health Devices Achievement Award for its implementation of an EMR-based early warning system to reduce clinical deterioration and preventable death among patients.
Configuring Blood Glucose Monitors to Reduce the Risk of Treatment Errors—A Human Factors Study Conducted by the Veterans Health Administrationhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HDJournal/Pages/12th_HD_Achievement_Award_finalist_VHA_BGMs.aspxConfiguring Blood Glucose Monitors to Reduce the Risk of Treatment Errors—A Human Factors Study Conducted by the Veterans Health Administration5/16/2018 12:00:00 AM ​A team from the U.S. Veterans Health Administration (VHA) was named a finalist for ECRI Institute's 12th Health Devices Achievement Award for its work investigating how confusing display screens on a blood glucose monitor contributed to treatment errors.
Improving Cybersecurity Management—VA’s HTM Office Implements a Networked Medical Device Databasehttps://www.ecri.org/components/HDJournal/Pages/12th_HD_Achievement_Award_finalist_VA_HTM.aspxImproving Cybersecurity Management—VA’s HTM Office Implements a Networked Medical Device Database5/16/2018 12:00:00 AM ​The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Healthcare Technology Management Program Office was named a finalist for ECRI Institute's 12th Health Devices Achievement Award for developing a centralized database of networked medical devices.
Not If, But When: Disaster Preparation Is a Necessityhttps://www.ecri.org/components/PSOCore/Pages/PSONav0518.aspxNot If, But When: Disaster Preparation Is a Necessity5/1/2018 12:00:00 AM ​In 2018, ECRI Institute named emergency preparedness a top 10 patient safety concern. The year 2017 was one of the costliest for U.S. natural disasters and there is no sign that the number of external disasters, both natural and manmade, will slow or decrease. Without preparation, disasters, either internal or external, can have severe consequences for healthcare facilities, staff, and patients. This article outlines steps for disaster readiness in healthcare organizations.
IV-Fluid Minibag Shortage: Technology Solutions to Consider Nowhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HDJournal/Pages/IV-Fluid-Minibag-Shortage-Solutions.aspxIV-Fluid Minibag Shortage: Technology Solutions to Consider Now1/18/2018 12:00:00 AM The IV-fluid minibag shortage has been impacting hospitals across the United States, hindering normal patient care and pharmacy and nursing practice. See our recommendations for available solutions.
Acupuncture for Treating Chronic Painhttps://www.ecri.org/components/Hotline/Pages/25233.aspxAcupuncture for Treating Chronic Pain6/8/2017 12:00:00 AM ​Chronic pain typically lasts for several months and can result from injury, disease, or nervous system dysfunction. Conventional treatments for chronic pain include outpatient use of medications, physical therapy, and nerve blocks. Acupuncture is an alternative approach to treating patients with chronic pain by inserting thin needles through the skin to stimulate nerves, muscle, and connective tissue to relieve pain, tension, and stress. Patients typically try acupuncture after conventional treatments have failed to relieve pain.
Violence in Healthcare Facilitieshttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRC/Pages/SafSec3.aspxViolence in Healthcare Facilities5/24/2017 12:00:00 AM Violence in healthcare facilities creates a multitude of risks for patients, visitors, staff, and the organization. This guidance article discusses warning signs and presents strategies for prevention of and response to violence.
Strategic Planning in the Clinical Engineering Realm—Norton Healthcare’s Approach for Improving Health Technology Managementhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HDJournal/Pages/11th_HD_Achievement_Award_Finalist_Norton.aspxStrategic Planning in the Clinical Engineering Realm—Norton Healthcare’s Approach for Improving Health Technology Management5/8/2017 12:00:00 AM Norton Healthcare (Louisville, KY) was named a finalist for ECRI Institute's 11th Health Devices Achievement Award for its use of strategic planning principles to set the direction for its clinical engineering group.
Transitioning to a Highly Reliable Recall Management Program—How St. Luke’s Health System Optimized Technology, Systematized Processes, and Mobilized Peoplehttps://www.ecri.org/components/HDJournal/Pages/11th_HD_Achievement_Award_Finalist_St_Lukes.aspxTransitioning to a Highly Reliable Recall Management Program—How St. Luke’s Health System Optimized Technology, Systematized Processes, and Mobilized People5/8/2017 12:00:00 AM St. Luke's Health System (Boise, ID) was named a finalist for ECRI Institute's 11th Health Devices Achievement Award for the strategy it used when transitioning its recall management program from a paper-based process to a centralized, automated system.
Improving IPM Completion Rates—How Service New Brunswick Used the “Critical Percentage” Concept to Meet Its Goalshttps://www.ecri.org/components/HDJournal/Pages/11th_HD_Achievement_Award_Finalists_Service_New_Brunswick.aspxImproving IPM Completion Rates—How Service New Brunswick Used the “Critical Percentage” Concept to Meet Its Goals5/8/2017 12:00:00 AM Service New Brunswick (Fredericton, NB, Canada) was named a finalist for ECRI Institute's 11th Health Devices Achievement Award for its work to improve completion rates for medical device inspection and preventive maintenance (IPM) procedures.
Designing Custom Apps to Improve Patient Care—An Award-Winning Initiative from Penn Medicine’s Center for Health Care Innovationhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HDJournal/Pages/11th_HD_Achievement_Award_Winner_Penn_Medicine.aspxDesigning Custom Apps to Improve Patient Care—An Award-Winning Initiative from Penn Medicine’s Center for Health Care Innovation5/8/2017 12:00:00 AM ​The Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation (Philadelphia, PA) was named the winner of ECRI Institute's 11th Health Devices Achievement Award for an app-development platform that brings relevant, timely data to clinicians to improve patient care.
Implementing the ENFit Initiative for Preventing Enteral Tubing Misconnectionshttps://www.ecri.org/components/HDJournal/Pages/ENFit-for-Preventing-Enteral-Tubing-Misconnections.aspxImplementing the ENFit Initiative for Preventing Enteral Tubing Misconnections3/29/2017 12:00:00 AM Learn about the ENFit enteral connector initiative for preventing enteral tubing misconnections. We explain why it's important and what actions you should take to transition to the new enteral connectors.
Implementing the ENFit Initiative for Preventing Enteral Tubing Misconnectionshttps://www.ecri.org/components/PSOCore/Pages/e-lert032917.aspxImplementing the ENFit Initiative for Preventing Enteral Tubing Misconnections3/29/2017 12:00:00 AM Numerous reports describe the risks from misconnections of enteral feeding tubing (such as tubes being connected to catheters or to non-enteral tubing), sometimes with fatal outcomes. In response, there is a growing movement toward using a connector design called ENFit.
Partnering for Transformation: Making a Positive Impact https://www.ecri.org/components/HRC/Pages/Proceedings2017.aspxPartnering for Transformation: Making a Positive Impact 2/27/2017 12:00:00 AM ​In its third annual meeting, The Partnership for Health IT and Patient Safety updated attendees on implementing and testing the recommendations included in the copy and paste toolkit, as well as the Partnership's new safe practice recommendations for the use of health IT in patient identification.
Nutrition and Hydrationhttps://www.ecri.org/components/CCRM/Pages/ResCare5.aspxNutrition and Hydration12/20/2016 12:00:00 AM This guidance article discusses the nutrition and hydration needs of older adults and describes steps aging services organizations can take to improve the nutritional status of residents.
Acute Oxygen Therapyhttps://www.ecri.org/components/SpecialReports/Pages/24629.aspxAcute Oxygen Therapy10/14/2016 12:00:00 AM ​Acute oxygen therapy is one of the most commonly used medical procedures, but many clinicians and healthcare workers responsible for its use may not be aware of the potential risks to patients if not used correctly. This Special Report looks at the current literature on when and how to use oxygen supplementation in critically ill patients to treat hypoxemia while avoiding hyperoxemia.
A Hospital Survival Story: Avoiding Medicare Terminationhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRC/Pages/RMRep0816.aspxA Hospital Survival Story: Avoiding Medicare Termination8/26/2016 12:00:00 AMThe board chair of a California community hospital that recently faced near-termination from the Medicare program has a message for all healthcare organizations.
Managing Patient Complaints and Grievanceshttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRC/Pages/PtSup1.aspxManaging Patient Complaints and Grievances8/17/2016 12:00:00 AM Proactive management of patient complaints and grievances is important to ensure regulatory compliance and excellent customer service, as well as for using lessons learned to remediate systems problems and staff performance issues.
Dementia Care in Aging Serviceshttps://www.ecri.org/components/CCRM/Pages/ResCare17.aspxDementia Care in Aging Services8/9/2016 12:00:00 AM ​The number of people with Alzheimer-related dementia is expected to nearly triple by 2050. This guidance article outlines a person-centered approach to the care of people with dementia in aging services.
Alcohol and Chlorhexidine Products for Preventing Healthcare Infectionshttps://www.ecri.org/components/Hotline/Pages/24498.aspxAlcohol and Chlorhexidine Products for Preventing Healthcare Infections7/5/2016 12:00:00 AM ​Hospital-acquired infections increase morbidity and mortality among hospitalized patients. To prevent infection from spreading in a facility, products using forms of chlorhexidine and alcohol are used to kill bacteria, viruses, and fungi on workers' hands and on surgical and catheter-entry sites.
The Health Devices Achievement Award: Recognizing Exceptional Health Technology Managementhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HDJournal/Pages/hd-achievement-award.aspxThe Health Devices Achievement Award: Recognizing Exceptional Health Technology Management5/16/2018 12:00:00 AM The annual Health Devices Achievement Award competition showcases some of the outstanding technology management initiatives implemented by our members. Here are write-ups of all the winners and finalists to date.
Partnering for Action: Applying What We’ve Learnedhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRC/Pages/Proceedings2016.aspxPartnering for Action: Applying What We’ve Learned4/7/2016 12:00:00 AM On October 16, 2015, ECRI Institute convened a face-to-face, multi-stakeholder meeting of the Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety. "Partnering for Action Applying What We've Learned" was designed to address risks associated with health information technology (IT), to define safe practices, and to strategize on how to inform a national strategy for health IT safety.
Assessing the Cost-Effectiveness of Approaches for Reducing Retained Surgical Items—Banner Health’s Success Storyhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HDJournal/Pages/HD-Achievement-Award-Banner.aspxAssessing the Cost-Effectiveness of Approaches for Reducing Retained Surgical Items—Banner Health’s Success Story3/30/2016 12:00:00 AM Banner Health (Phoenix, AZ) was selected as a finalist for the 10th Health Devices Achievement Award for a project comparing the cost-effectiveness of RFID technology with that of other approaches for reducing the incidence of retained surgical sponges.
Implementing Alarm Default Changes to Improve Patient Care and Patient and Staff Satisfaction—Boston Medical Center’s Ongoing Initiative https://www.ecri.org/components/HDJournal/Pages/HD-Achievement-Award-Boston-Medical.aspxImplementing Alarm Default Changes to Improve Patient Care and Patient and Staff Satisfaction—Boston Medical Center’s Ongoing Initiative 3/30/2016 12:00:00 AM Boston Medical Center (Boston, MA) was selected as a finalist for ECRI Institute's 10th Health Devices Achievement Award for its low-cost, high-impact processes for improving the management of telemetry monitoring alarms.
A Cooperative Approach to Reducing Supply Costs—Cooper University Health Care’s Program to Engage End Users in the Purchasing Processhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HDJournal/Pages/HD-Achievement-Award-Cooper.aspxA Cooperative Approach to Reducing Supply Costs—Cooper University Health Care’s Program to Engage End Users in the Purchasing Process3/30/2016 12:00:00 AM Cooper University Health Care (Camden, NJ) was selected as a finalist for ECRI Institute's 10th Health Devices Achievement Award for demonstrating how cross-functional cooperation can help reduce supply costs.
A Patient-Centered Approach to Alarm Management—Texas Children's Hospital's Award-Winning Projecthttps://www.ecri.org/components/HDJournal/Pages/HD-Achievement-Award-Texas-Childrens.aspxA Patient-Centered Approach to Alarm Management—Texas Children's Hospital's Award-Winning Project3/30/2016 12:00:00 AM Texas Children's Hospital in Houston was named the winner of ECRI Institute's 10th Health Devices Achievement Award for its design and implementation of an alarm dashboard that has helped integrate alarm management decisions into patient care discussions.
Harnessing Data for Medical Equipment Replacement Planning—the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s “Fleet” Programhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HDJournal/Pages/HD-Achievement-Award-UPMC.aspxHarnessing Data for Medical Equipment Replacement Planning—the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s “Fleet” Program3/30/2016 12:00:00 AM The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (Pittsburgh, PA) was selected as a finalist for ECRI Institute's 10th Health Devices Achievement Award for its data-driven approach to planning for medical equipment replacement.
Fallshttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRC/Pages/SafSec2.aspxFalls3/14/2016 12:00:00 AM Falls are a high-volume, high-risk, high-cost challenge for healthcare facilities worldwide. This guidance article provides risk managers with guidance on implementing a comprehensive falls management program.
Sepsis: Combating the Hidden Colossushttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRC/Pages/RMRep1215_Focus.aspxSepsis: Combating the Hidden Colossus12/1/2015 12:00:00 AM Sepsis, a leading cause of death, requires prompt recognition, diagnosis, and treatment. This article examines what some organizations are doing to combat this underrecognized condition.​
Managing Behavioral Health Needs of Adult Medical Inpatientshttps://www.ecri.org/components/PSOCore/Pages/PSONav1115.aspxManaging Behavioral Health Needs of Adult Medical Inpatients11/1/2015 12:00:00 AM ​This issue of the PSO Navigator reviews patient safety events that underscore the challenges in managing adult patients who have coexisting medical and behavioral health conditions and provides strategies to ensure the safety of both patients and staff.
Creating and Maintaining an Effective Compliance and Ethics Programhttps://www.ecri.org/components/CCRM/Pages/LegReg6.aspxCreating and Maintaining an Effective Compliance and Ethics Program8/26/2015 12:00:00 AM Combined with a strong corporate culture of transparency and accountability, an effective compliance and ethics program is much more than a "paper" exercise and promotes adherence to quality standards, healthcare laws, and regulations.
CardioMEMS HF System (St. Jude Medical) for Wireless Monitoring of Pulmonary Artery Pressure in Patients with Heart Failurehttps://www.ecri.org/components/ProductBriefs/Pages/14132.aspxCardioMEMS HF System (St. Jude Medical) for Wireless Monitoring of Pulmonary Artery Pressure in Patients with Heart Failure5/8/2018 12:00:00 AM The CardioMEMS™ HF (heart failure) System is designed to monitor pulmonary artery (PA) pressures (mean, systolic, diastolic) using an implantable wireless sensor in patients with HF. Because changes in PA pressure occur days before manifestation of the clinical HF symptoms, using PA pressure to guide treatment may reduce hospitalizations.
Geisinger Health System's 360-Degree Approach to Capital Technology Assessment, Planning, and Optimizationhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HDJournal/Pages/A-360-Degree-Approach-to-Capital-Technology-Planning.aspxGeisinger Health System's 360-Degree Approach to Capital Technology Assessment, Planning, and Optimization5/1/2017 12:00:00 AM Learn how Geisinger Health System (Danville, PA), one of the finalists for the 2013 Health Devices Achievement Award, strengthened its technology planning program with an integrated approach to clinical capital assessment, planning, and optimization.
Facility Renovations Lead to Supply Chain Renovation at Parkview Health Systemhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HDJournal/Pages/Facility-Renovations-Lead-to-Supply-Chain-Renovation.aspxFacility Renovations Lead to Supply Chain Renovation at Parkview Health System5/1/2017 12:00:00 AM Parkview Health System, a finalist for the 2013 Health Devices Achievement Award, established an end-to-end supply chain in a fully automated and virtual environment to coincide with major hospital construction and renovation projects.
How Boston Medical Center Got a Handle on Telemetry Alarmshttps://www.ecri.org/components/HDJournal/Pages/Getting-a-Handle-on-Telemetry-Alarms.aspxHow Boston Medical Center Got a Handle on Telemetry Alarms5/1/2017 12:00:00 AM Boston Medical Center, one of the finalists for the 2013 Health Devices Achievement Award, reduced audible telemetry alarms by 89% during a six-week program.
How Novant Health Moved Endoscope Repair and Instrument Sharpening In-Househttps://www.ecri.org/components/HDJournal/Pages/Moving-Endoscope-Repair-and-Instrument-Sharpening-In-House-.aspxHow Novant Health Moved Endoscope Repair and Instrument Sharpening In-House5/1/2017 12:00:00 AM Novant Health, one of the finalists for the 2013 Health Devices Achievement Award, saved money and time by developing an endoscope repair and instrument sharpening program to centralize and track repairs across its hospital system.
How Halton Healthcare Services Used Bedside Bar Coding to Improve Specimen Identificationhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HDJournal/Pages/Using-Bedside-Bar-Coding-to-Improve-Specimen-Identification.aspxHow Halton Healthcare Services Used Bedside Bar Coding to Improve Specimen Identification5/1/2017 12:00:00 AM Halton Healthcare Services, one of the finalists for the 2013 Health Devices Achievement Award, implemented bar-code technology at the bedside to help reduce the number of mislabeling or misidentification incidents.
Home Care: Staff-Related Riskshttps://www.ecri.org/components/CCRM/Pages/QualRisk5_1.aspxHome Care: Staff-Related Risks1/17/2017 12:00:00 AM This Guidance Article discusses home care issues, including employment issues; injuries, illnesses, and workers’ compensation; and risks in the social environment and community.
Fecal Microbiota Transplantation for Treating Recurrent Clostridium difficile Infectionhttps://www.ecri.org/components/Target/Pages/12037.aspxFecal Microbiota Transplantation for Treating Recurrent Clostridium difficile Infection7/21/2016 12:00:00 AM Fecal microbiota transplantation involves introducing saline-diluted fecal matter from a healthy donor into the gastrointestinal tract of a patient with recurrent Clostridium difficile infection.
Wearable Artificial Kidney for Kidney Dialysishttps://www.ecri.org/components/Forecast/Pages/11373.aspxWearable Artificial Kidney for Kidney Dialysis4/18/2017 12:00:00 AM Wearable artificial kidneys (WAKs) are intended to let patients undergo continuous dialysis that more closely simulates normal kidney function, potentially improving outcomes and quality of life. As of April 2017, only one WAK had begun U.S. clinical trials.