You’d think there’s not much to the concept of an alarm. A warning sounds in a room, or a red light flashes, and it has your attention. You know something must be wrong. But in a setting where a cacophony of alarming lights and sounds beset healthcare workers on a regular basis, these essential systems become increasingly easy to miss or ignore.
Thus far, the company has received 51 reports of serious injury and three reports of patient death over five years.
The safety communication notes that patients being monitored via GE’s Healthcare Clinical Information Central Stations and Telemetry Services could be at risk.
All of the issues that ECRI calls out on its list are preventable, so device manufacturers and healthcare providers should take serious note.
Infusion pump companies are perpetuating misconceptions.
ECRI’s annual list points the finger at poor cleaning of flexible endoscopes.