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Top hazards from medical devices in hospitals

Wall Street Journal (blog), December 23, 2008

In its second-annual report on the top 10 technology-related safety hazards at hospitals, the ECRI Institute has added five new hazards to this year's list. The revisions are based on the prevalence and severity of the reports the group has received over the past year, recalls and actions it has reviewed, and other published reports. New on the list: air embolisms from contrast media injectors, retained devices and unretrieved fragments, fiber optic light-source burns, anesthesia hazards from inadequate pre-use inspection, and misleading displays on medical devices.