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ECRI Institute: Diagnostic Tests, Medication Pose Biggest Risks to Patients in Ambulatory Care

October 23, 2019
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New research from ECRI Institute, the nation’s leading independent, non-profit patient safety organization, reveals that diagnostic testing and medication events are the most frequent safety risks patients face in ambulatory care. ECRI Institute’s Deep Dive: Safe Ambulatory Care, Strategies for Patient Safety & Risk Reduction identifies solutions for five key types of safety challenges occurring in ambulatory care, the largest and most widely used segment of the healthcare system.
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New research from ECRI Institute, the nation’s leading independent, non-profit patient safety organization, reveals that diagnostic testing and medication events are the most frequent safety risks patients face in ambulatory care. ECRI Institute’s Deep Dive: Safe Ambulatory Care, Strategies for Patient Safety & Risk Reduction identifies solutions for five key types of safety challenges occurring in ambulatory care, the largest and most widely used segment of the healthcare system.

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa., Oct. 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- New research from ECRI Institute, the nation’s leading independent, non-profit patient safety organization, reveals that diagnostic testing and medication events are the most frequent safety risks patients face in ambulatory care. ECRI Institute’s Deep Dive: Safe Ambulatory Care, Strategies for Patient Safety & Risk Reduction identifies solutions for five key types of safety challenges occurring in ambulatory care, the largest and most widely used segment of the healthcare system.

ECRI Institute analyzed 4,355 adverse events reported by physician practices, ambulatory care centers, and community health centers between December 2017 and November 2018. Nearly half of the events involved diagnostic testing errors; a quarter involved medication safety; the rest involved falls, security and safety, and privacy-related risks.

“As healthcare delivery shifts from hospitals to ambulatory care settings, it can be challenging to coordinate care among various clinicians, systems, and facilities, raising the potential for errors that put patients at risk,” said Marcus Schabacker, MD, PhD, president and CEO of ECRI Institute. “Reducing and eliminating adverse events in an outpatient environment will require an unprecedented commitment to collaboration and coordination.”

The adverse events analyzed in ECRI Institute’s report included:

To learn more, download ECRI Institute’s Safe Ambulatory Care executive brief and two-page summary. For more information, contact ECRI Institute at (610) 825-6000 or communications@ecri.org.

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About ECRI Institute

ECRI Institute is an independent, nonprofit organization improving the safety, quality, and cost effectiveness of care across all healthcare settings. The combination of evidence-based research, medical device testing, and knowledge of patient safety makes ECRI uniquely respected by healthcare leaders and agencies worldwide. For more than 50 years, ECRI Institute has had an unwavering dedication to transparency and strict conflict-of-interest policies. The organization has earned a reputation as the trusted voice of unbiased, research-based assurance for tens of thousands of members around the world using its solutions to minimize risk and improve patient care.

ECRI Institute has the only medical device testing labs in North America and the Asia Pacific where biomedical engineers conduct hands-on independent device testing for safety and human factors usability. ECRI Institute is designated an Evidence-based Practice Center by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. ECRI Institute PSO is listed as a federally certified Patient Safety Organization by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Visit www.ecri.org and follow @ECRI_Institute to learn more.

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