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Chemistry 101: Oxygen is not flammable
By Joe Carlson | July 15, 2014
High concentrations of oxygen used during surgeries are a potential fire hazard for patients, but that doesn't mean the O2 gas itself catches fire.
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Ultrasound system prices up 20%, driven by new system rollout
By Jaimy Lee | July 01, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The average price of ultrasound systems rose 20% over the past year, in part because of the launch of a pricey new system and the uptick in the average price of premium systems, according to the Modern Healthcare/ECRI Institute Technology Price Index.
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Vital Signs
When it comes to clinical-decision software, what does autonomy mean?
By Darius Tahir | June 06, 2014
The National Nurses United organization has launched a campaign against a perceived invader: algorithms and clinical-decision-support software. The union charges that the software is costing nurses' jobs, and, just as importantly, their autonomy.
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Cardiac mapping system costs rise due to new models
By Jaimy Lee | May 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The average cost of basic cardiac mapping systems went up nearly 13% over the past year due to the introduction of two new models to the U.S. market and an increasing number of hospitals purchasing highly configured and costlier systems, according to the most recent Modern Healthcare/ECRI Institute...
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Teamwork key to reducing lab-results errors
By Dr. Steven H. Kroft | May 17, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Laboratory results are involved in the vast majority of patient diagnoses and treatment plans. The tests that generate those results are proliferating in number and becoming increasingly complex and targeted. This is a concern for all healthcare providers, particularly those who order the tests and...
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CRT-P pacemaker prices drop 12% as hospitals step up bargaining pressure
By Jaimy Lee | May 12, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The average price paid by hospitals for cardiac implantable resynchronization pacemakers has dropped 12% over the last year, according to the most recent Modern Healthcare/ECRI Institute Technology Price Index.
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Slide Show: ECRI's Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for Healthcare Organizations
By Sabriya Rice | April 25, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The ECRI Institute this week released a list of 10 top safety issues facing healthcare organizations. See our photo gallery and find out what made ECRI's list, which is based on a review of 300,000 event reports, research requests and root-cause analyses.
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Health IT issues, care-coordination worries top new ECRI safety list
By Sabriya Rice | April 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Failure of health IT systems, poor coordination of patient care and lack of planning for expected drug shortages are all listed among the top concerns facing healthcare organizations in a new ECRI Institute report drawn from nearly 400,000 patient-safety events.
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Most laboratory errors happen outside the lab, ECRI report finds
By Sabriya Rice | April 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Laboratory errors don't necessarily originate in the lab itself, contrary to what many hospitals might think, according to a new ECRI Institute patient-safety report studying the impact of lab-testing errors in the clinical setting.
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Magazine
Retrofitting hospitals for obese patients
By Sabriya Rice | February 08, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Facing an increasing number of morbidly obese patients, U.S. hospitals need to invest in architectural designs and equipment to safely and effectively serve these patients, experts say.
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