Band-Aids are great for skinned knees, but Band-Aid solutions are lousy for MRI safety. There is no book, training video, seminar, tool, product or gizmo which, by its inherent ‘MRI-safetude’ is going to make MRI appreciably less risky in practice. We all look for the silver-bullet solutions, but in a realm as complex as MRI, they simply don’t exist… at least when divorced from operations and procedures.
Yes, that book listing every tested medical device and implant is a tremendous tool, but does nothing for patient safety if it never emerges from the bottom of the file drawer in which it lives. If the book is not integrated into the practice of screening patients, it’s little more than reconstituted dead-tree.
Enter ferromagnetic detection, an enormously potent tool for helping to verify the compliance of MRI patients and visitors and quality control of Technologists’ screening protocols. But if simply plunked-down and plugged-in, even the most sensitive and accurate ferromagnetic detector won’t meet its full potential. As with any tool, effectiveness has a lot to do with how well the ferromagnetic detector is integrated within operations and protocols.
Very recently the magazine Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare ran an article I wrote on precisely this… the integration of ferromagnetic detectors into the operations at New York Presbyterian’s Weill Cornell Medical Center. The article offers a look at one of the most effective deployments of ferromagnetic detection and what it took to achieve such a high safety return on their investment. [spoiler alert: the changes were modest, but very effective]
Fortunately, PSQH makes the full text of their articles available online and you can read this one on their website:
I also have PDF copies of the complete article, which I’d be happy to share with you. You can download a copy of the PDF simply by clicking on the link below:
Why ‘Ferromagnetically Naked’? Well, if the title alone has piqued your interest, don’t you think you owe it to yourself to read the piece and see what it’s all about?
If you have any questions about the article, or if you’d like to contact Mr. Steve Herrmann (from New York Presbyterian who was interviewed in the article) and learn directly from him about his experiences reviewing, selecting and deploying ferromagnetic detection, please contact me.
Tobias Gilk, President & MRI Safety Director