The ECRI Institute's third annual list of the "Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns" finds hospitals continue to struggle with long-standing safety concerns. Many safety woes also exist in ambulatory, nursing home and other care settings, according to authors of the report.
Hospitals are expressing more interest in high-end portable ultrasounds as the devices become more widely used by a growing number of specialties.
The average cost of electrosurgical units was 12% higher at the end of 2015 compared with the previous year, as providers sought out advanced systems with blood-vessel-sealing capabilities and special cutting modes.
The average cost of operating room tables increased this year as more providers purchased orthopedic specialty and hybrid OR tables, which can cost two to four times more than general surgical tables, according to the latest Modern Healthcare/ECRI Institute Technology Price Index.
Cleveland Clinic and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston have been leading clinical trials of mobile stroke units, which are enabling the hospitals to start stroke treatment before patients reach the hospital.
Providers are paying more for surgical lights as interest grows in units with video monitor and camera attachments, according to the latest Modern Healthcare/ECRI Institute Technology Price Index.
At least five patients and hospital staffers have been injured in the past year because of malfunctions in gamma camera imaging devices, according to the ECRI Institute. Gamma cameras are found in most U.S. hospitals.
The average price that healthcare facilities paid for cardiac mapping systems was 50% higher between June and August as compared with the same period last year.
Special deals negotiated by group purchasing organizations for their members helped drive down prices for anesthesia systems in the second quarter, but the 19% average decline from a year ago will be temporary, experts say.
U.S. hospitals are evaluated on their ability to reduce the incidence of infections patients acquire during their stays, but there's surprisingly little evidence suggesting the best method to disinfect surfaces in patient rooms.
The average price providers paid for digital mammography systems was up 22% between February and April, compared with the same period last year, fueled by increasing interest in 3-D systems, according to the Modern Healthcare/ECRI Institute Technology Price Index.
Miscalculated drug dosages because of confusion when patients' weights are converted from pounds to kilograms are common. EHRs, which may contain default values or rely on both the metric system and English units of measurements, are aggravating the problem.