Top 10 patient safety concerns for 2022

As healthcare organizations place renewed focus on strengthening safety practices, ECRI’s Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns 2022 Special Report is a must-read. The report identifies imminent patient safety challenges experts believe deserve the greatest focus this year, and offers systems-based approaches to eliminate these risks.
Metrics tracking healthcare-associated infections and other forms of patient harm indicate multiple patient safety measures have significantly deteriorated amid the pandemic.

Key learning points:
  • How persistent issues, such as staffing shortages and clinical staff behavioral health, can affect patient safety
  • How bias and racism can undermine perceptions, behaviors, and outcomes related to safety
  • How pandemic-related challenges affect care, including issues such as supply chain disruptions, products subject to emergency use authorization, and operationalizing telehealth
  • Recommendations for systems-based approaches to eliminate risks and achieve total systems safety 

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