Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns 2024

March 8, 2024 | Health System Risk Management

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​​​​​The healthcare industry is currently at a crossroads. Organizations are adapting clinician workflows to new technologies, steering through changes in care delivery settings, mitigating complex risks like staff burnout and workplace violence, and navigating an uncertain economic and global political climate. ​​ Despite these challenges, ensuring patient and workforce safety across the healthcare continuum must remain a top priority for all healthcare organizations.

This annual report from ECRI and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) presents the top 10 patient safety concerns currently confronting the healthcare industry. Drawing on ECRI and ISMP's evidence-based research, data, and expert insights, this report sheds light on issues that leaders should evaluate within their own institutions as potential opportunities to reduce preventable harm. Some of the concerns represent emerging risks, some are well known but still unresolved, but all of them pertain to areas where organizations can make meaningful change. The Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns 2024 is a guide for a systems approach to adopting proactive strategies and solutions to mitigate risks, improve healthcare outcomes, and ultimately, enhance the well-being of patients and the healthcare workforce.

To effectively understand where vulnerabilities lie, organizations must examine all elements of...

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