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Fwd: ECRI’s 2020 Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns

  • 1.  Fwd: ECRI’s 2020 Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns

    Posted 03-11-2020 07:53
    We're #1 again! "the number one topic on this year's list is one that we're revisiting: missed and delayed diagnoses."



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    From: ECRI Patient Safety Organization <communications@ecri.org>
    Date: March 10, 2020 at 9:44:32 AM EDT
    To: HELENE@hmepstein.com
    Subject: Now Available: Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns
    Reply-To: communications@ecri.org

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  • 2.  RE: Fwd: ECRI’s 2020 Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns

    Posted 03-11-2020 15:51
    If we are not making progress is it time to change our approach?


  • 3.  RE: Fwd: ECRI’s 2020 Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns

    Posted 03-13-2020 06:03

    This is very pertinent question.


    Since Dx has been number 1 on the list for the last 4 years has anybody seen this having an effect on hospital administration and clinical leadership attitudes?


    I would love to hear stories of institutions which have made this their number one priority and what impact it's had.





    Jason Maude

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  • 4.  RE: Fwd: ECRI’s 2020 Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns

    Posted 03-13-2020 11:58
    A very good fellow up question

    I would think very, very, little.

    My thinking was let's start asking questions. They are so valuable.

    One of the big issues is that for various reasons we do not have good data on the type and number of errors in medicine.

    But one thing we could start doing is tidying up all the other errors that we currently do nothing about. 

    So a few questions!

    How accurate Is the stethoscope in various situations? Should some never use a stethoscope? Many young people have high frequency deafness, is that a problem? 

    How accurate are the various things we do in a physical examination. Knee reflexes, eye exams, bowel sounds, sensory tests, nerve conduction tests, eye movements, memory recall, etc., blood pressure measurements (? one of the worst things we do) etc., etc. 

    Should we even be doing some of these tests, and should some HCPs never use them?

    If we tidied all the things we do on a daily basis, knew the facts and how accurate the test is with differing ability and experience?

    We do not have good control over the collective error data, biases in general, many standard errors, but we could have control over studies that undertake to show how inaccurate the tests we use are. And with this then make recommendations of what could be done about it. So why do we not do it?

    It would cost money but like the changes taking place in radiology we could know that we ourselves were improving, and with this improvement diagnostic accuracy should improve. Follow the radiologists?

    Robert  M. Bell, M.D.