This case was first reported in our blog “Patient Safety: Whose Job Is It Anyway? A Radiology Tragedy” in September 2020. The case involved an allergic reaction to gadolinium by a 41 year old patient. Immediate hypersensitivity reactions to gadolinium are not common, but in hypersensitive patients repeated reactions average approximately 30%. Adverse events to contrast media can be categorized into time frames and the … Continue reading Jury awards $10.83M In MRI Allergic Reaction Case (2020)
We are so happy to see 2020 go and to start 2021! Advanced Health Education Center was tossed by the COVID-19 whirlwinds and made many changes to adjust to the new reality. We reduced our live event training in March and closed our classrooms to only broadcasting in April. We moved training to streaming over the internet for all clients while we concentrated on assisting … Continue reading Happy New Year 2021! Our 2020 Look Back Period
A new study published December 17, 2020 in the Environmental International Journal reported researchers from Greenpeace Research Labs have found ongoing contamination in wheat, rye, oats, and barley grown in an area 31 miles south of the nuclear plant. The radioactivity – strontium 90 and cesium 137- were above safe consumption levels. The strontium 90 was above safe levels in 48% of the samples. The … Continue reading New Study Shows Unsafe Levels of Radiation In Crops Near Chernobyl Nuclear Site
After all the personal opinions die down on social media about whether the vaccine is safe and the naysayers express their mantra of “Never, I won’t take it”, the real fight begins. Who is on the priority list? Besides hospital and clinic -based personnel and those residing in nursing homes who will draw the lucky straws? Will it be politicized? After all, the distribution is … Continue reading The Healthcare Fight of the Week: Vaccine Anyone?
In June of 2020 during the height of the pandemic, ARRT published proposals for public comment from the professional community about discontinuing acceptance of CE for preparing and delivering presentations, both oral and written. Why? The Board of Trustees state they received a great deal of feedback and decided that effective January 1, 2022, ARRT will stop accepting CE credits for preparing and delivering presentations. … Continue reading ARRT Will Stop Accepting CE for Preparing and Delivering Presentations
As a Radiology Director, Administrator, Radiation Safety Officer and now owner of a medical imaging education company, I have always received numerous questions about job responsibilities, liabilities, and what job safety requirements are considered acceptable for every modality in medical imaging. I have witnessed and been involved in life altering incidents for patients. This begs the question; whose job is it anyway to ensure the … Continue reading Patient Safety: Whose Job Is It Anyway? A Radiology Tragedy
Five months ago, on March 2nd, 2020 I had started my new job with MEDRelief Staffing. I was prepared to help build the new travel healthcare division and increase our client base. That same day, our largest local client called and wanted to know what our safety protocols were for dealing with our exposure to the new disaster-COVID-19. We responded with our disaster protocols. The … Continue reading The Realities of Healthcare Staffing During COVID-19
With the prolific advancements in social media and technology, our world seems to get smaller and smaller every day. No other event in history can illustrate that point more than the global COVID-19 pandemic. As healthcare professionals we have witnessed first-hand the devastating losses caused by this pandemic but there have also been positive aspects born out of necessity that bear mentioning. A our fellow … Continue reading Diagnostic Imaging & Artificial Intelligence – A response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Just 3 years ago I was sitting at this computer writing a blog 12 days after the Hurricane Harvey disaster. Now we are in a new disaster of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are still happy to report that everyone in our AHEC family is safe as far as we know. Every day is a new experience and we, as much as everyone else, face new … Continue reading #HoustonStrong – We are back open for business!
We noticed a lot of concerns from the radiography community about the sanitary use of lead markers, especially on possible COVID-19 patients. Most technologists whose facilities don’t have digital markers, have used the same lead markers for years or decades. We surveyed our database of technologists throughout the U.S. and abroad. Over 55% of the responding technologists work in a hospital, 24% in freestanding clinics … Continue reading How Your Peers are Protecting Markers and Equipment During the Pandemic