Weak patient identification policies and inadequate behavioral health training for staff are leading to dangerous yet preventable errors at American hospitals, according to patient safety advocates.
The prices paid for X-ray systems that can be wheeled up to a surgical table or patient bed to gather images during a procedure surged this fall as providers upgraded to 3-D-compatible equipment.
Many hospitals are improperly cleaning medical devices, a dangerous practice that sometimes leads to infections or even device failure, according to experts at the ECRI Institute.
Cases of mistaken identity happen all the time in healthcare institutions. A new analysis details the causes of these mixups, the consequences for patients and ways healthcare leaders can address the problem.
A wider range of providers are investing in sophisticated biopsy equipment for prostate cancer, even though there's limited reimbursement for the technology, and disagreement as to whether the disease needs to be intensively treated.
The average cost of operating room tables increased 14% in June as providers showed increased interest in models used for hybrid operating rooms and robotic surgery suites, according to the latest Modern Healthcare/ECRI Institute Technology Price Index.
The average price providers paid for CT scanners was up 34% in the three months ended in April compared with the same period the year before, driven by an increased interest in more advanced systems, according to the latest Modern Healthcare/ECRI Institute Technology Price Index.
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.