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  •  ECRI Institute, Welwyn Garden City, UK

    Required and preferred scanner features for different ultrasound appli

    • 24/01/2019

    Executive summary Minimum requirements, preferred features, and other advantageous features are identified for ultrasound systems for common exam types. Ultrasound is used for a wide variety of clinical applications, each requiring a somewhat different set of sonographic capabilities. A scanner's array of available features is a key factor in determining its appropriateness for a given...

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  •  ECRI Institute, Welwyn Garden City, UK

    Patient responsibility for following up on test results

    • 21/01/2019

    A risk manager recently asked for guidance on the patient's responsibility in following up on the results of tests that have been ordered. In our response, we note that providers are responsible for reviewing and following up on the results of the tests they order. That responsibility typically includes ensuring that results that require involvement of patients or action on their part are...

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  •  ECRI Institute, Welwyn Garden City, UK

    Point-of-care ultrasound scanners: key purchasing considerations

    • 20/02/2018

    Point-of-care (POC) ultrasound refers to ultrasound exams performed by the treating clinician and other non-imaging-specialist healthcare professionals. While many types of ultrasound scanners can be purchased for POC exams—including a full-featured cart-based system costing more than $100,000—several vendors now market scanners that are specifically intended for POC applications. In addition to...

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  •  ECRI Institute, Welwyn Garden City, UK

    Healthcare risk, quality & safety guidance

    • 09/11/2017

    Violence in healthcare facilities   In the below summary, ECRI discusses violence in healthcare covering risk factors, assessment of objective indicators, consequences, and strategies for prevention.   Executive summary   Violence is much more common in healthcare than in other industries, and although many violent events in healthcare are perpetrated by patients, a notab

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    Ransomware attacks:How to protect your systems

    • 19/09/2017

    What are the steps to take when there is a ransomware attack?   Device systems: What is ransomware?   Ransomware is a form of computer malware used to make data, software, and IT assets unavailable to users. It uses encryption of data to hold systems hostage with an associated ransom demand, often in Bitcoin (a virtual currency that is difficult to trace). This encryption is used

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    Patient Identification: Executive Summary

    • 13/11/2016

    For its fifth Deep Dive analysis of a patient safety topic, ECRI Institute PSO selected patient identification. Safe patient care starts with delivering the intended interventions to the right person. Yet, the risk of wrong-patient errors is ever-present for the multitude of patient encounters occurring daily in healthcare settings.   Many patient identification mistakes are caught before care is

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  •  ECRI Institute, Welwyn Garden City, UK

    Automated External Defibrillators

    • 13/11/2016

    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Cardiac arrest, or the sudden and abrupt loss of heart function, is a leading cause of death in the United States.According to the American Heart Association (AHA), about 326,200 out-of-hospital cases of sudden cardiac arrests occur annually in the United States; less than 10% of those victims survive (Mozaffarian et al. 2015). Some cardiac arrests are caused by "shockable...

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  •  ECRI Institute, Welwyn Garden City, UK

    Medical Device Cybersecurity

    • 25/08/2016

    WHEN WILL YOUR PACEMAKER BE HACKED ? In 2013, the Washington Post (among other news outlets) ‏reported that Vice President Dick Cheney’s cardiac ‏pacemaker had its wireless capabilities disabled when ‏implanted in 2007 to eliminate any potential cyberintrusion ‏threat (Peterson, 2013). This old headline, with the more ‏recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cybersecurity ‏alert that the...

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  •  ECRI Institute, Welwyn Garden City, UK

    Care Coordination

    • 27/02/2016

    For its fourth Deep Dive™ analysis of a particular patient safety topic, ECRI Institute Patient Safety Organization (PSO) selected care coordination issues affecting patients throughout the continuum of care. Poorly coordinated care puts patients at risk for preventable events, such as medication errors, lack of necessary follow-up care and diagnostic delays and errors. These errors and delays, as...

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  •  ECRI Institute, Welwyn Garden City, UK

    Computed Tomography with Computer-Aided Detection for Lung Cancer Scre

    • 05/01/2016

    Several medical societies recommend annual lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) for certain individuals at high risk. However, the value of adding computer-aided detection to improve LDCT screening accuracy remains unclear. Executive Summary: ECRI Perspectives  In June 2011, the U.S. National Cancer Institute’s (NCI’s) National Lung Screening Trial (n = 53,454 current...

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