With the accelerated adoption of many new technologies, ECRI’s annual health technology hazards list has been transformed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The pace of innovation in the ICU is orders of magnitude slower than that of the cath lab and OR, and the COVID-19 crisis has pushed, tested, and exposed ICUs for lacking state-of-the-art technology and resources.
COVID-19 requires us to rethink our current device disinfection procedure.
From artificial intelligence to autonomous sterilization robots to drones, emerging technologies are playing a strong role in combating COVID-19.
The self-driving UV disinfection robots are being sent to more than 2000 hospitals.
During an outbreak, it is critical to treat reusable medical devices as potential sources of transmission.
It’s time to embrace new technology and promote standardization to raise best practice protocols.
Healthcare facilities need to make sure they have enough personnel and equipment that can manage device reprocessing.