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Anesthesiology Joins Call for MRI Safety

The March issue of Anesthesiology, the journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), contains a new Practice Advisory on the safety of anesthesia care in the MRI environment. This new call from the ASA for a heightened level of attention is concurrent with startling growth in the rates of reported MRI accidents. The $43,172 question… Will JCAHO answer?

As I see it, the new ASA MRI Practice Advisory does three things… Click to learn about the effects of the new ASA Advisory…

MRI Safety, Multiple Hats…

As much as I often like to eat, breathe and talk about ferromagnetic detection, it isn’t the only aspect of MRI safety that providers should be attuned to. One other issue that has been getting a lot of attention in the trade publications lately has been that of infection control.

Seems that one of the least-often cleaned parts of a hospital may be the MRI suite and there’s new speculation that some hospital-acquired infections may actually be contracted during MRI exams.

A recent article in Radiology Today featured an article on just this topic, with information on MRI suite design and appointment, all the way down to the patient positioning pads.

Radiology Today - Magazine Cover

Radiology Today - Magazine Cover

Just as I recommend ferromagnetic detection as a part of the pre-screening process for everyone entering the MRI magnet room (ACR Zone IV), I would also recommend that everyone with an operational role in MRI services read this article and reflect on how well their own cleaning protocols are implemented.

To view the article, simply click on (or copy and paste) the URL below…

http://www.radiologytoday.net/archive/rt_102008p14.shtml

For any other MRI safety concerns, I hope that you’ll contact Mednovus.

Tobias Gilk, President & MRI Safety Director
Mednovus, Inc.
Tobias.Gilk@Mednovus.com
www.MEDNOVUS.com