ECRI Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for Healthcare Organizations

ECRI Institute Releases Annual

Top Ten Patient Safety Concern List

Based both on analysis of 1.5 million event reports from the patient safety organization database and a review of those representing high priorities because they are new, changing or persistent, the ECRI Institute’s Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for Healthcare Organizations has become a staple for teams looking to focus their patient safety improvement programs on the most pressing of problems.

Our interest in the following concerns should come as no surprise. They are,after all, those that we can help hospitals with:

#2: Unrecognized Patient Deterioration

#3: Implementation and Use of Clinical Decision Support

#10: Inadequate Organization Systems or Processes to Improve Safety and Quality

The link between PeriGen’s software and helping labor & delivery clinicians recognize and respond to patient deterioration is a no-brainer. It’s what our neural-network based clinical analytic tools that offer both pattern recognition and protocol compliance management are designed to do. Our latest tool, HUB, is an early warning dashboard created specifically to highlight unrecognized patient deterioration, allowing clinicians to rapidly respond to maternity patients at risk.

What’s not so obvious is how PeriGen software helps with #3 and #10.

  • PeriGen’s cues and notifications are designed to make it as easy as possible to know when a patient needs attention. The color-coding, combined with the option of sound, mean that the warning amplifies and focuses clinical attention on the areas of the strip and protocol parameters that are of the greatest concern at a moment in time. Trend analysis, additionally, brings a bigger picture view of small, individual points of data showing clinicians what’s significant…and what’s not.
  • Today’s clinicians are awash in not only data and documentation, but in training programs. These are essential of course to improving safety and quality, but the sheer volume of training information makes “safety net” technology like PeriGen’s software crucial for turning training into actual behavior.
  • Automating processes that have proven to improve patient safety and prevent negative outcomes is an important strategy for standardization of care. Manual processes, especially when there are so many of them, are prone to breakage and change over time. Automation, such as that offered by PeriGen’s CheckList tool, also has the added benefit of easing the weight of manual tasks bedside clinicians are faced with.

We encourage you to take a look at the ECRI Institute’s list of Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for Healthcare Organizations. The preview and Executive Brief are provided free once you register.