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HTF Board Members Attend National Coalition
(5/23/2017)
The goal of the National Coalition to Promote the Safe Use of Complex Healthcare Technology is to develop a compendium of best practices for selecting, educating and assessing complex technology. The AAMI Foundation convened its first meeting of the coalition on April 12-13 in Annapolis. The majority of the attendees were from the nursing profession with others from respiratory care, medicine, government, associations, clinical and human factors engineering, and industry which sponsored the event. HTF board members Jill Marion (FDA/CDRH), Erin Sparnon (ECRI Institute), and Tobey Clark (Univ. of Vermont) attended the workshop. Jill, who is the director of the Medsun program among other duties, presented the Purchasing for Safety initiative developed in conjunction with the VA hospital system. The CDRH starting point is the development of a checklist which focuses on ventilators, defibrillators and ESUs. Other presentations included the business case for training and other aspects of the initiative, competency, and usability. Notable talks were those by the American Society of Anesthesiologists and Boston Medical Center. The meeting ended with breakout sessions on principles to be included in a national training program and team reports. More to come on this multi-year initiative http://www.aami.org/newsviews/newsdetail.aspx?ItemNumber=4578.
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