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Expanding the scope of practice for radiology managers: radiation safety duties.
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PMID:  12918277     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In addition to financial responsibilities and patient care duties, many medical facilities also expect radiology department managers to wear "safety" hats and complete fundamental quality control/quality assurance, conduct routine safety surveillance in the department, and to meet regulatory demands in the workplace. All managers influence continuous quality improvement initiatives, from effective utilization of resource and staffing allocations, to efficacy of patient scheduling tactics. It is critically important to understand continuous quality improvement (CQI) and its relationship with the radiology manager, specifically quality assurance/quality control in routine work, as these are the fundamentals of institutional safety, including radiation safety. When an institution applies for a registration for radiation-producing devices or a license for the use of radioactive materials, the permit granting body has specific requirements, policies and procedures that must be satisfied in order to be granted a permit and to maintain it continuously. In the 32 U.S. Agreement states, which are states that have radiation safety programs equivalent to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission programs, individual facilities apply for permits through the local governing body of radiation protection. Other states are directly licensed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and associated regulatory entities. These regulatory agencies grant permits, set conditions for use in accordance with state and federal laws, monitor and enforce radiation safety activities, and audit facilities for compliance with their regulations. Every radiology department and associated areas of radiation use are subject to inspection and enforcement policies in order to ensure safety of equipment and personnel. In today's business practice, department managers or chief technologists may actively participate in the duties associated with institutional radiation safety, especially in smaller institutions, while other facilities may assign the duties and title of "radiation safety officer" to a radiologist or other management, per the requirements of regulatory agencies in that state. Radiation safety in a medical setting can be delineated into two main categories--equipment and personnel requirements--each having very specific guidelines. The literature fails to adequately address the blatant link between radiology department managers and radiation safety duties. The breadth and depth of this relationship is of utmost concern and warrants deeper insight as the demands of the regulatory agencies increase with the new advances in technology, procedures and treatments associated with radiation-producing devices and radioactive materials.
Amy B Orders; Donna Wright
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Radiology management     Volume:  25     ISSN:  0198-7097     ISO Abbreviation:  Radiol Manage     Publication Date:    2003 Jul-Aug
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-08-15     Completed Date:  2003-09-15     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8001971     Medline TA:  Radiol Manage     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  40-7     Citation Subset:  H    
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Hospital Administrators*
Job Description*
Occupational Health
Professional Competence
Quality Assurance, Health Care
Radiation Protection / legislation & jurisprudence,  standards*
Radiology Department, Hospital / standards*
Safety Management / organization & administration*
United States

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