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ECRI Institute is a Patient Safety Organization (PSO) and they receive confidential and privileged "Patient Safety Work Product" from hospitals and health care organizations across the country. They aggregate the information and analyze it. Every year ECRI Institute publishes its list of "Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns".

ECRI's Top 10 Safety Concerns for 2016

1. Health IT configurations and organizational workflow that don't support each other

2. Patient identification errors

3. Inadequate management of behavioral health issues

4. Inadequate cleaning and disinfection of flexible endoscopes

5. Inadequate test result reporting and follow-up

6. Inadequate monitoring for respiratory depression in patients on opioids

7. Medication errors related to pounds and kilograms

8. Unintentional retained objects during surgery even with correct count

9. Inadequate antimicrobial stewardship

10. Failure to embrace a culture of safety

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Why do hospitals and health care facilities that participate in health exchanges want to learn more about PSOs and how to work with a PSO and why will they need professional staff knowledgeable about PSOs? (Read on the end to find the answer)

Do you know why hospitals and health care facilities will need professional staff who know what a "PSO" is, and what "patient safety evaluation systems" are? Why will they need professional staff who are able to write policies about PSO reporting, be able to supervise and teach other health care providers how to properly collect, coordinate, manage and report "Patient Safety Work Product" to a PSO? Do you know what law created PSOs? Do you know why that law came about? Do you know how and why a PSO can help improve quality, reduce health care risk and improve patient safety? Do you know why health care providers and healthcare entities want to or may need to report information to a PSO? Do you want to learn more??

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Why will hospitals and health care facilities need professional staff with knowledge and skills related to PSOs? Hospitals and Health Care facilities who participate in health exchanges are required under the Affordable Care Act to report Patient Safety Work Product to a PSO (Patient Safety Organization) and Hospitals and Health Care facilites will need health care professionals knowledgeable about PSOs.