What’s All This Noise About Radiation Safety Training?

I have been frequently heard to say that among the things you are never supposed to debate with your friends and family are sex, money, religion, and Radiation Hazards!! It is a very controversial subject with social, theoretical, and political consequences.  There are 2 sides of the fence: 1. every bit of radiation should be avoided or 2. radiation is actually good for you. I … Continue reading What’s All This Noise About Radiation Safety Training?

Ouch! DBT Accreditation is here!

The long awaited Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT) accreditation process is here and not without controversy.  Although DBT was approved by the FDA in 2011, facilities are operating under the temporary FDA Certificate Extension Program.  The purpose of the temporary “stop-gap” program was to provide an avenue for new technology to be legally used under the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) while the accreditation programs were … Continue reading Ouch! DBT Accreditation is here!

New Expert Consensus Document Provides Best Practice for Radiation Safety

Radiation-based procedures are increasing in frequency with all the associated inherent risks. A new expert consensus document from the American College of Cardiology (ACC), Heart Rhythm Society, North American Society for Cardiovascular Imaging, Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, Society for Cardiovascular Computed Tomography, in collaboration with Mended Hearts, was published on May 2, 2018. It is a 69 page document and can be found … Continue reading New Expert Consensus Document Provides Best Practice for Radiation Safety

Proposed TJC Standards Revision that Relate to Fluoroscopy and CT Services

The Joint Commission is revising standards to better address risks related to the provision of fluoroscopy and CT in the Ambulatory Care, Critical Access Hospital, Hospital, and Office-Based Surgery accreditation programs. The open comment period ended in April and the final revisions are forthcoming. The changes reflect The Joint Commission commitment to implementing Element(s) of Performance that supports the National Patient Safety Goals. In HR.01.05.03 … Continue reading Proposed TJC Standards Revision that Relate to Fluoroscopy and CT Services

What is the Correct Placement Method for Radiography Markers?

Some of the latest chatter via Rad Tech communities have been directed at how we do our work.  I have always found this topic to be extremely interesting.  There are many rad techs who will insist that their method is correct.  After all, they have been doing it that way since they entered the field.  The question begs an answer.  Whose job is it to … Continue reading What is the Correct Placement Method for Radiography Markers?

EQUIP: The Verdict Is In!

EQUIP Year 1. There were 8,486 annual MQSA inspections between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017 new results reveal 43% of those inspections had one or more EQUIP deficiencies!  The educational year for the EQUIP Initiative ended on March 2, 2018.  Now inspections performed at MQSA facilities with EQUIP deficiencies are being issued Level 2 violations.  There still seems to be more questions than … Continue reading EQUIP: The Verdict Is In!

AI is in the New Race for Space.

“Last century machines proved they could replace human muscle.  This century, technologies are proving they can outperform human left brains – they can execute sequential, reductive, computational work better, faster and more accurately than even those with the highest IQs.” (Chaffee, 44) Consider lawyers for example, dozens of inexpensive, if not free, legal services and documents are available at the click of the mouse.  Whereas … Continue reading AI is in the New Race for Space.

Did you know? It’s in your hands!

Did you know?  It is estimated that there are over 1.7 million cases of healthcare associated infections (HAI) at any given time just in the U.S.  Healthcare workers are often the conduit, or culprit, for the spread of these infections.  100,000 deaths related to HAI’s could have been prevented and the healthcare costs of $20 billion could be saved. It is easy to understand that … Continue reading Did you know? It’s in your hands!

Timing isn’t the main thing, it’s EVERYTHING!

Timing isn’t the main thing, it’s everything. Daniel Pink’s new book, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, presents a wealth of new data demonstrating how timing affects healthcare delivery. We do not realize how our biological clocks determine the outcomes of our actions. Seconds, hours and weeks are human inventions- fences our ancestors built to corral time. When should be make important decisions? Morning … Continue reading Timing isn’t the main thing, it’s EVERYTHING!

What Would You Do? Stop Shielding Your Patients? – Part 2

Last month we discussed the issue of the hospital in Aurora, CO that reportedly removed the requirement for shielding patients of any age, from babies in NICU to pregnant women.  The ensuing controversy has been vigorously debated and led us to consult our expert, Lou Wagner, PhD. We quoted a part of his response in the last blog and will continue with his words of … Continue reading What Would You Do? Stop Shielding Your Patients? – Part 2