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Dr. Joel No­bel, who founded the not-for-profit ECRI In­sti­tute in 1968 to ad­dress safety, qual­ity and costs is­sues in health­care, died this month at age 79. The neu­ro­sur­geon, in­ven­tor and re­searcher was known for es­tab­lish­ing pro­grams to eval­u­ate the safety of med­i­cal equip­ment.

“His mis­sion in life was to make health­care safer for pa­tients,” said An­thony Mon­tag­nolo, ECRI In­sti­tute’s COO. “He was ded­i­cated to find­ing what was wrong, and not rest­ing un­til it was changed.”

No­bel gained at­ten­tion in 1966 when his de­sign of a med­i­cal emer­gency crash cart was fea­tured in Life mag­a­zine. The life­sup­port cart es­sen­tially car­ried all the in­stru­ments and med­i­cal sup­plies physi­cians needed for car­diopul­monary re­sus­ci­ta­tion. He also de­vel­oped other pa­tient-safety pro­to­cols and con­trib­uted to the devel­op­ment of a univer­sal med­i­cal-de­vice clas­si­fi­ca­tion sys­tem.


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