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Blog: Objects left in patients and health IT issues among top safety woes

By Sabriya Rice  |  April 13, 2016

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.

Increased demand for specialized OR tables drives up average price

By Adam Rubenfire  |  January 04, 2016

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.

Specialized ambulances expedite stroke treatment

By Adam Rubenfire  |  January 04, 2016

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.

Interest in A/V add-ons drives up price of surgical lights

Interest in A/V add-ons drives up price of surgical lights

By Adam Rubenfire  |  December 09, 2015

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.

ECRI warns of gamma camera hazard

ECRI warns of gamma camera hazard

By Adam Rubenfire  |  November 07, 2015

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.

GPO deals drive temporary price drop in low-end anesthesia units

GPO deals drive temporary price drop in low-end anesthesia units

By Adam Rubenfire  |  September 25, 2015

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.

The dirty truth of hospital cleaning: thin science

The dirty truth of hospital cleaning: thin science

By Sabriya Rice  |  August 11, 2015

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.

Demand for 3-D boosts digital mammography system prices

Demand for 3-D boosts digital mammography system prices

By Adam Rubenfire  |  July 06, 2015

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.

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