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Top Ten Patient Safety Concerns for 2022
Publish Date: June 21, 2022
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Patient safety is always of concern for healthcare professionals who perform surgeries in ambulatory settings nationwide. A new report issued in March by ECRI outlines the top patient safety concerns for 2022.

Top on the list is staffing shortages, and it doesn’t look like that will end anytime soon. According to the report, "The chaos and understaffing in hospitals and other healthcare settings seen over the last two years could become the new normal for the foreseeable future.”

The top ten patient safety concerns highlighted in ECRI's report for 2022 include areas of concern that are trending. They include:

  1. Staffing shortages
  2. COVID-19 effects on healthcare workers' mental health
  3. Bias and racism in addressing patient safety
  4. Vaccine coverage gaps and errors
  5. Cognitive biases and diagnostic error
  6. Non-ventilator healthcare-associated pneumonia
  7. Human factors in operationalizing telehealth
  8. International supply chain disruptions
  9. Products subject to emergency use authorization
  10. Telemetry monitoring

ECRI’s Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for 2022 report provides detailed steps that organizations can take to prevent adverse incidents and is available for download. Visit www.ecri.org. OSM

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