EuroSafe Imaging 2019
Action 7 - Radiation protection of children, Action 4 - Dose management systems, Computer applications, Management, Radioprotection / Radiation dose, CT, Computer Applications-General, Radiation safety, Safety, Education and training, Quality assurance
A. Lutoschkin, A. Peters, R. Grosswiler, R. Siegrist, Y. Käser, R. A. Kubik-Huch, T. Niemann
Despite of accurateness and strict obedience to standard operating procedures patient misidentification can occur in any field of public health care worldwide .
Particularly in radiology,
especially in imaging modalities using ionizing radiation,
patient misidentification can not only misdiagnose a life-threatening disease [1,2],
but also lead to substantial radiation exposure.
the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health recently enacted a regulation,
making it mandatory for all radiology departments to report unintended radiation exposure and take measures to avoid those incidents .
Initially our imaging department introduced a critical incident reporting system (CIRS) many years ago.
After analyzing common sources of error we additionally sought for an IT-supported solution.
By development and introduction of patient identification wristbands in combination with a dedicated server infrastructure,
we aimed to optimize the computed tomography workflow of patient identification and thereby increase patient safety.