Top 10 patient safety concerns for 2018 — diagnostic errors are No. 1

The ECRI Institute ranked the top 10 patient safety concerns for healthcare organizations in 2018.

1. Diagnostic errors — each year, approximately one in 20 adults experiences a diagnostic error, which can lead to care gaps, repeat testing, unnecessary procedures and patient harm.

2. Opioid safety across the continuum of care

3. Care coordination within a setting

4. Workarounds

5. Health information technology incorporation into patient safety programs

6. Management of behavioral health needs in acute care settings

7. All-hazards emergency preparedness

8. Device cleaning, disinfection and sterilization

9. Patient engagement and health literacy

10. Leadership engagement in patient safety

Healthcare organizations can use this ranking to identify priorities and create corrective action plans. Download the report here.

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