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.