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. however.Ensuring the safe use of health technology requires identifying possible sources of danger or difficulty involving medical devices and systems and taking steps to minimize the likelihood that adverse events will occur. deciding where to commit limited resources is a continual challenge. With the vast array of technologies in use at a modern healthcare facility.

Technological hazards also may arise directly as a result of the impacts of a natural hazard event. and chemical spills. injury.A hazard originating from technological or industrial conditions. loss of livelihoods and services. dam failures. nuclear radiation. that may cause loss of life. fires. dangerous procedures. illness or other health impacts. or environmental damage. property damage. factory explosions. . infrastructure failures or specific human activities. toxic wastes. social and economic disruption. Examples of technological hazards include industrial pollution. transport accidents. including accidents.

BUT FROM TIME TO TIME. TREATING. IT’S VITAL TO KNOW WHICH RISKS TO TACKLE FIRST. AS YOU GO ABOUT PLANNING YOUR SAFETY INITIATIVES. HEALTH HAZARDS HOSPITALS DEPEND ON COUNTLESS MEDICAL DEVICES AND SYSTEMS WHEN DIAGNOSING. OVERALL.1. TECHNOLOGY ACTUALLY CAUSES HARM. THE USE OF HEALTH TECHNOLOGY HAS LED TO SAFER. MORE RELIABLE CARE. SOME THEM INCLUDE --a) Inadequate reprocessing of endoscopes and surgical equipments b) Neglecting change management for networked devices and systems c) Risks to pediatric patients from “adult” technologies d)Robotic surgery complications due to insufficient training . AND MONITORING PATIENTS.

Cell phones emit some radiation that can be absorbed by the user. causing oils to collect when placed against the face. ◦ Cell phones and car accidents. OTHER PROBLEMS RELATED TO MOBILES AND COMPUTERS ◦ Acne caused by cell phones. Cell phones can be covered in bacteria. Scrubbing down before bed may not be enough to keep pesky acne at bay. . The result? Unwanted pimples on cheeks and chins! ◦ Radiation from cell phones.2. Chatting on the phone while driving is more than just distracting— it can actually reduce activity in the brain and draw our focus away from the road. it has become a slight concern as more and more people are using cellular devices.

one cause of wrist pain. Hangover headaches are so last year. It doesn’t stop at the wrist. A recent study found leaning in to read the small print on a tablet screen can strain the neck . Carpel tunnel. so keep the noise at a safe listening level— around 80 decibels . And other research suggests hunching over that laptop (or desktop!) can cause pain in the neck and back . ◦ Laptop headaches. Listen up and turn the music down. Straining eyes by staring at the computer screen for too long can cause headaches and blurred vision ◦ Hearing loss from headphones. ◦ Computers causing back and neck pain. . Blasting those tunes through our headphones can lead to hearing impairment. can occur from excessive typing.◦ Computers causing wrist pain.

since most businesses and health facilities are prepared to deal with them. ◦ Power outage  A power outage is an interruption of normal sources of electrical power. or by aerodynamic flutter of the deck (as in Galloping Gertie. and the Chernobyl disaster is regarded the worst nuclear accident in history. ◦ Structural collapse  Structural collapses are often caused by engineering failures. Extended power outages. by corrosion attack (such as in the Silver Bridge collapse).HISTORY OF TECHNOLOGICAL HAZARDS ◦ Industrial hazards  Industrial disasters occur in a commercial context. such as mining accidents. The Bhopal disaster is the world's worst industrial disaster to date. such as under-design (as in the Tay Bridge disaster). Bridge failures may be caused in several ways. leading to business losses and medical emergencies . Short-term power outages (up to a few hours) are common and have minor adverse effect. the original Tacoma Narrows Bridge). They often have an environmental impact. however. can disrupt personal and business activities as well as medical and rescue services.

Started in 1962. it ruined the town and continues to burn today. Some of the biggest cityrelated fires are The Great Chicago Fire. it will form into a firestorm. They can burn thousands of square kilometers. The Peshtigo Fire (both of 1871) and the Great Fire of London in 1666.◦ Fire Bush fires. and mine fires are generally started by lightning. airborne radioactive particles (nuclear fallout) can scatter and irradiate large areas. A good example of a mine fire is the one near Centralia. but also by human negligence or arson. . forest fires. ◦ Hazardous materials[edit]  When nuclear weapons are detonated or nuclear containment systems are otherwise compromised. Pennsylvania. If a fire intensifies enough to produce its own winds and "weather".