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ECRI is a totally independent non profit research agency designated as a Collaborating Centre of the World Health Organization (WHO). Such organizations are appointed to contribute to WHO’s public health mission by providing specialized knowledge, expertise, and support in the health field to the WHO and its member nations. Established as an Emergency Care Research Institute, ECRI opened its European Office in May 1995 with the goal of serving the particular needs of Europe and the UK. It is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading independent organizations committed to advancing the quality of healthcare with over 240 employees globally.
ECRI’s focus is medical device technology, healthcare risk and quality management, and health technology assessment. It provides information services and technical assistance to more than 5,000 hospitals, healthcare organizations, ministries of health, government and planning agencies, voluntary sector organizations and accrediting
agencies worldwide. Its databases (over 30), publications, information services and technical assistance services set the standard for the healthcare community.
The Healthcare Product Comparison
Amongst its many products and services ECRI is pleased to provide readers of ICU Management with sample information on defibrillator/monitors from its Healthcare Product Comparison System (HPCS), which contains over 280 reports. The HPCS reports contain extensive information about the technology, its purpose, its principles of operation, stage of development and reported problems. This extract from our database contains model by model specifications for easy assessment and review. The defibrillator/monitors comparison charts include ECRI’s ‘Recommended specifications’ (generic templates) which can be used for comparison and tendering purposes.
All of ECRI’s products and services are available through the European Office, addressing the special requirements of Europe and the UK. Utilising some of the world’s largest health related databases, help, support and guidance can be given to our European clients at a local level. The comparative tables overleaf are extracted from ECRI’s 2002 database. For full information, please refer to ECRI. These data have additionally been reviewed and updated by the respective manufacturers.