ECRI Institute Shows How Medical Device Accident Investigations Can Save Lives


ECRI Institute, a nonprofit organization that researches the best approaches to improving patient care, will present Medical Device Accident Investigation Getting it Right Can Save Lives, a live web conference on Feb. 20, 2013, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET.

Medical device accidents are among the most serious adverse events in healthcare. Examples include patient deaths from alarm fatigue or mismanagement, infusion pump overdoses, surgical fires, defibrillator failures, and overexposure from CT scans.

Effective accident investigation is critical for healthcare organizations to understand what happenedand to prevent future adverse events. The first web conference in ECRI Institutes 2013 annual series addresses best practices that healthcare providers need to understand related to investigating adverse events.

The objectives of this webinar are to help participants:
 - Learn the 10 key steps needed for an effective investigation
 - Discover the investigation process applicable to most technologies
 - Understand how to avoid spoliation of evidence claims

The interactive format of these web conferences provides ample time to interact with the panel through a Q&A session. The web conference format encourages team participation.

The moderator is James P. Keller, Jr, MS, vice president of health technology evaluation and safety at ECRI Institute.

The presenters are Mark E. Bruley, CCE, vice president of accident and forensic investigation at ECRI Institute; and Bruce C. Hansel, PhD, CCE, executive director of accident and forensic investigation at ECRI Institute.

This program is intended for clinical/biomedical engineers, materials managers, purchasing directors, patient safety officers, operating room directors, healthcare IT professionals, risk managers, nursing staff, and senior administrators. Members of ECRI Institutes Health Devices System, Health Devices Gold, and SELECTPlus programs will receive this program at no cost as part of their membership, but advance registration is required.

ECRI Institute will offer live updates from the event on Twitter at #EIConf.

To learn more, or to register for this web conference, visit the website or contact ECRI Institute by telephone at (610) 825-6000, ext. 5889; by e-mail at; by fax at (610) 834-0240; or by mail at 5200 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462-1298. 

To register online, CLICK HERE. 

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