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Search results for "Reminders"
Journal Article > Study
Grossman E, Phillips RS, Weingart SN. J Patient Saf. 2010;6:172-179.
Tests pending after hospital discharge or following a clinic visit continue to challenge most health care systems. This study implemented a paper-based system to follow up abnormal mammograms and monitored provider responses to those reminders. Based on a report of abnormal mammograms generated by the radiology department, a practice administrator sent a letter to each provider with a copy of the report and a set of questions on behalf of their quality improvement committee. More than 90% of providers responded to the fail-safe reminders, 8% were unaware of the abnormal test, and there was no follow-up plan in place for 3% of cases. Less experienced providers were more likely to be unaware of abnormal mammograms and many lapses were noted in the context of care transitions. The authors conclude that their paper-based system is feasible and valuable but requires full engagement of providers in the process.
Journal Article > Commentary
Ulaner GA, Colletti PM. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2006;23:781-782.
This letter to the editor reminds radiology professionals to take extra caution in maintaining safety in magnetic resonance suites.
FDA public health notification: MRI-caused injuries in patients with implanted neurological stimulators.
Schultz DG. Rockville, MD: Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Food and Drug Administration; May 10, 2005.
In response to reports of injuries in patients with implanted neurological stimulators who underwent magnetic resonance imaging procedures, the Food and Drug Administration suggests related precautions for radiology personnel and physicians.
Cases & Commentaries
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John Gosbee, MD, MS; Laura Lin Gosbee, MASc; February 2003
An infusion pump being used for routine sedation in a child undergoing a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan flew across the room and hit the MRI magnet, narrowly missing the child.