March 13, 2023

ECRI: Pediatric mental health crisis tops patient safety concerns

Editor's Note

ECRI, on March 13, released its annual Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns, which identifies potential sources of danger for patients and healthcare staff. ECRI also provides detailed steps that organizations can take to prevent adverse incidents.

Many of the concerns on the list are exacerbated by ongoing staffing shortages that continue to put patients and providers at risk, ECRI says.

The pediatric mental health crisis tops the list, followed by physical and verbal violence against healthcare staff, mismatches between clinician assignments and competencies, poor care coordination, and preventable harm because of omitted care or treatment.

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