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Top 10 patient safety concerns for 2020

Medical Environment Update, June 28, 2020

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by Christopher Cheney (ccheney@healthleadersmedia.com) and Brian Ward (bward@hcpro.com)

While all the headlines have been (justifiably) about the 2019 novel coronavirus, healthcare providers must keep in mind that it isn’t the sole danger to patients. Missed diagnoses, maternal health complications, and behavioral health problems remain as constant risks to patient safety in the U.S.—even as the world hunkers down in the face of COVID-19.

The ECRI released its Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns list for 2020 on March 9. The scope of ECRI’s top 10 patient safety concerns for this year is broad, the executive brief of the report says. “This top 10 report highlights patient safety concerns across the continuum of care because patient safety strategies increasingly focus on collaborating with other provider organizations, community agencies, patients or residents, and family members. Each patient safety concern on this list may affect more than one setting.”

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