From 2014 to 2017, reductions of hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) helped to prevent roughly 20,500 hospital deaths and saved the healthcare industry $7.7 billion in costs.
The American Dental Association (ADA) has responded to recent media coverage of a study that had raised concerns about the safety of dental floss. Pointing out that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has placed no restrictions on the use of dental floss, ADA says it finds “no cause for concern based on current evidence.”
A cornerstone of the quality of care provided at any healthcare organization is a culture that provides for the safety of patients and promotes an environment where staff and providers feel comfortable in raising issues or concerns.
In an effort to provide the healthcare industry with information regarding safety topics that warrant the attention of facilities and providers, ECRI Institute publishes an annual list: Top Ten Health Technology Hazards. The 2019 list, available here, “represents problems that can be avoided or risks that can be minimized through careful management of technologies.”