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November 19, 2009

Nuclear Regulatory Comm. Report Cites Philadelphia-VA Clinic for Radioactive-treatment Violations

Full Article at: NRC cites VA clinic for radioactive-treatment violations

By Josh Goldstein and Marie McCullough

Inquirer Staff Writers

“In the first outside report on its flawed prostate-cancer program, the Philadelphia VA Medical Center was cited for eight apparent violations in using radioactive materials on nearly 100 veterans, federal inspectors have concluded.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission found that the Philadelphia VA staff failed to evaluate radiation doses or know when to report a mistake, according to the 16-page report obtained yesterday by The Inquirer.

The brachytherapy team, for example, failed to check radiation doses for more than a year because a computer was unplugged from the hospital’s network, the report said.

The response to correct the problem was also flawed, the report found. The VA hospital, for example, double-counted one patient, and the true number of veterans who got incorrect radiation doses was 97, not 98 as originally reported.”

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