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MRI Toolkit – MRI Best Practices Guidelines – Canada

Posted by admin, February 23, 2014 at 8:01 pm

Excellent collection of documents focused on outlining best practices for MRI efficiency, throughput and patient satisfaction.  This effort conducted by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care resulted in significant reductions in MRI scheduled wait times and additional efficiency gains as outlined in the linked report. Click here to access the MRI toolkit […]

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MRI Induced Tissue Heating at Metallic Sutures

Posted by admin, February 23, 2014 at 7:59 pm

Recent Study on the Extent of Tissue Heating Created Near a Metallic Suture Site As more and more medical devices and surgical apparatus are cleared for access to MRI – there is a continued concern regarding RF induced heating of these metallic components.  This study offers a great analysis of a specific case and provides […]

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Body MRI Artifacts in Clinical Practice: A Physicist’s and Radiologist’s Perspective

Posted by admin, February 23, 2014 at 7:58 pm

Overview of  the Typical Causes of and Remedies for MRI Artifacts Useful information presented as a CME module for the identification of MRI artifact sources and recommendations for the resolution of these image compromising items.  Great resource or review material for MR technologists offering a different perspective on an issue that appears frequently. Click here […]

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The RADPASS Interventional Radiology Checklist for Safety

Posted by admin, February 23, 2014 at 7:57 pm

Creation of the RADPASS checklist for Increased Safety in Interventional Radiology  While there is incredible clinical value in the use of interventional radiologic procedures, the complexity and variety of these procedures demands the use of a checklist approach to increase standardization, consistency and safety.  The first validated patient safety checklist for interventional radiology was developed. […]

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Patient Safety: Hospital Risk – Survey of C-Suite and Risk Managers by AIG

Posted by admin, February 23, 2014 at 7:52 pm

Overview of  How Targeting Patient Satisfaction Impacts Safety New emphasis on “Patient Satisfaction” may complicate efforts to improve patient safety.Though safety will continue to be a priority, it may be further complicated by external pressures to focus on the overall patient quality care experience-as measured by public “patient satisfaction” metrics. In its simplest form, success in patient safety […]

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2013 Update to the ACR Manual on Contrast Media

Posted by admin, February 23, 2014 at 7:42 pm

American College of Radiology Guidance Document Update on Safety in the Use of Contrast Media An outstanding reference document that provides a comprehensive overview of the administration of contrast media for diagnostic imaging procedures.  This most current update is reflective of specific concerns regarding the proper use of gadolinium based agents and their impact on […]

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ECRI’s Top 10 Health Technology Hazards of 2013

Posted by admin, February 23, 2014 at 7:41 pm

Review of the Most Prevalent Health Technology Hazards and Recommended Remedial Activities from the ECRI  Each year, advances in health technologies provide new ways to improve patient care.  But some also create new opportunities for harm.  Thus, hospitals must regularly examine their hazard-control priorities in order to remain focused on the most pressing risks.  The list from the […]

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A Comprehensive MRI Safety Assessment of a Facility in Ghana Post Projectile Incident

Posted by admin, February 23, 2014 at 7:06 pm

Assessment of Safety Standards of Magnetic Resonance Imaging at the Korle Su Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana An outstanding report on the MRI safety / process and staff knowledge conditions of a teaching hospital in Ghana in which an MRI project incident occurred.  A wonderful baseline survey is provided as well as the corrective action […]

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Patient Transfers: A Growing Problem for the Healthcare System

Posted by admin, February 23, 2014 at 7:04 pm

Recent Publication Advocating Investment in Patient Transfer Technologies A great analysis of the growing trend of healthcare worker and patient injuries attributable to manual movement of the patient. This study offers recommendations for process improvements as well as investments in patient transfer technologies that provide efficiency, greater patient care and reduced injuries. Click here for […]

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The Symbiotic Relationship Between Patient and Worker Safety in the Healthcare Setting

Posted by admin, February 5, 2014 at 4:00 am

Recent Publication by the Joint Commission Improving Patient and Worker Safety Opportunities for Synergy, Collaboration and Innovation Health care professionals whose focus is on patient safety are very familiar with these alarming and frequently cited statistics from the Institute of Medicine: medical errors result in the death of between 44,000 and 98,000 patients every year. […]

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