Tag Archives: JCAHO

MRI And Metal

Many people just learning about MRI safety and hazards ask very similar questions. One of most frequent is, “why do I have to remove all metal before an MRI,” or it’s corollary, “can I get an MRI with some metal on (or in) me?” To answer these questions, let’s start at the very beginning…

What A Very Good Place To Start… (Click Here)

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…

JCAHO, MRI Safety, and EC Standard Update Teleconference

Break out the can of alphabet soup, because here we go, off  into the far reaches of acronym land…

That’s right, the Joint Commission is offering a teleconference / webinar on the 2009 changes to the Environment of Care (EC) standard and what they mean to accredited MRI providers. Never heard of the EC standards before? Well, you’re not alone, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t apply to you. In just a couple weeks, however, you can get the low-down on the new requirements.

Click to get the specifics on JCAHO’s new stand on MRI safety…

JCAHO and MRI Safety… Are They Serious?

As you may be aware, the Joint Commission has historically offered nothing in the way of MRI-specific safety standards. MRI may be the only service at an accredited provider that had not even one specific JCAHO standard for patient safety. Yes, all of the broader patient safety standards apply to MRI as they do to the rest of the provider, but with so many unique risks, wouldn’t you think that they would have at least one MRI-specific safety standard?

Click to read more about Joint Commission, MRI safety, and the Environment of Care…