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Top 10 Medical Technology Hazards for 2020 Announced

Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare
By Christopher Cheney
October 8, 2019

Surgical staplers are the top medical technology hazard for 2020, according to the ECRI Institute.

Twenty years after publication of the Institute of Medicine’s landmark report To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System, patient safety remains a significant concern for the healthcare sector. The Institute of Medicine report estimated 98,000 Americans were dying annually due to medical errors. Estimates of annual patient deaths due to medical errors have since risen steadily to 440,000 lives, which make medical errors the country’s third-leading cause of death.