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.