With a growing reliance of the health care industry on novel technologies, the risk of misuse, malfunctions, and other potentially harmful incidents increases, posing a great threat to patient safety. For the 13th year, the ECRI Institute has released a report on the Top 10 Health Technology Hazards , identifying safety concerns that warrant clinician’s close attention in the upcoming year. Based on a rigorous review of incident investigations, medical device testing, and incident reporting databases, the ECRI Health Devices Group determined the most potentially detrimental hazards and suggested practical strategies to help hospitals and providers mitigate these risks.
From Hepatitis C and sarcoidosis to liver cancer, diseases affecting the liver impair its ability to maintain essential complex functions, including carbohydrate metabolism, detoxification, and many others. Despite a decrease in alcohol and hepatitis-related disorders, researchers have found a growing prevalence of liver disease directly tied to the obesity and diabetes epidemics in the United States.