Keeping equipment and devices used in patient care clean and disinfected is central to three out of 10 items on a list of technology-related patient safety hazards published by ECRI Institute, a non-profit research and risk management firm.
In addition to high-tech concerns, such as hackers remotely accessing computer systems and dosage confusion with infusion pumps, the 2019 list includes three low-tech hazards related to cleaning that can lead to infections and other patient harms:
- Seemingly clean mattresses that retain blood or body fluids from a prior patient
- Disinfected flexible endoscopes contaminated by mishandling
- Cleaning fluids that seep into electrical components and lead to equipment damage and fires
More information about these and other hazards is available from ECRI Institute.