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January 27, 2011

VAOIG Report No. 09-01038-77, MRI Problems

Filed under: VAOIG — Tags: — veteranclaims @ 6:03 pm

Combined Assessment Program Summary Report Evaluation of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Safety in Veterans Health Administration Facilities

Summary Report Number 09-01038-77
, 1/26/2011 | Full Report (PDF) also available

The purposes of the evaluation were to determine whether facilities: (1) implemented and maintained magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) safety and infection control policies and procedures, (2) provided adequate employee training, (3) completed appropriate patient screening and informed consents, and (4) conducted risk assessments of MRI suites. We identified four areas where compliance with MRI safety requirements and guidelines needs to improve. We recommended that the Under Secretary for Health, in conjunction with VISN and facility senior managers, ensures that: All employees who may need to enter the MRI suite receive initial and annual MRI safety training. Employees screen patients prior to MRI scans, obtain necessary signatures on screening forms, retain screening forms in patient medical records, and document follow-up on potential contraindications for MRI. Informed consents specific to MRI with contrast are completed for all high-risk patients and documented in the medical records. Physical barriers are in place, call systems are tested and maintained, risk assessments are completed, and emergency drills are conducted.

1 Comment »

  1. What an interesting report. I work in the safety field, and this is one area I have found that safety training needs to be heightened. My company trains medical personnel in workplace safety issues, and one of the areas we cover is safety near MRI scanners. To help improve awareness of the dangers of the MR scanner, my company took a pro-active approach and developed a MRI safety video highlighting the MR hazards and simple MR safety procedures.Safety is everyone’s responsibility, not just that of the MR technologists.

    Comment by Jacques S — January 28, 2011 @ 7:56 pm

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