Four pointers for an effective dose monitoring program

You’ve probably heard all about the Joint Commission’s new regulations that went into effect last month. Even if you’ve got the software, even if you’re planning on getting it, it can be very difficult to meet the new requirements without a structured program in place.

According to Olav Christianson, clinical dose optimization service team leader at Landauer Medical Physics, an effective dose monitoring program is the key to meeting TJC requirements.

During an AHRA presentation earlier this month, Christianson said that it has been difficult for many facilities to comply with these requirements. One of the biggest culprits are the standards that involve tracking every patient’s CT radiation dose, and more.

Christianson has been working with nearly 100 hospitals across the country and has seen plenty of radiation dose monitoring programs that were successful, and plenty that weren’t. He boiled it down to four keys for success, as put down here on Radiology Business.

1. Motivated clinical leader

Without someone to spearhead the project (and ensure its continued success), there’s a strong chance that it won’t last. Having that someone who’s willing to follow it through is incredibly important.

2. Experienced medical physics support

Almost just as important as having your motivated leader is having strong medical physics support. The knowledge and expertise from someone in this field is invaluable to an effective radiation dose monitoring program.

3. Allot time for staff to work on the project

Seems obvious, but in the workplace, it isn’t always. You and your staff are very likely already booked–time must be made for this kind of endeavor in order for it to become real.

4. Right tools for the job (i.e. software)

Another seemingly obvious point; however, if you don’t have proper software in this technological age, you will not be able to keep track of radiation dose to the standards required by TJC. Automation makes the process far more achievable.

For more information on structuring your radiation dose program, read this article on Radiology Business.

This article was written by Kristi Alvarado, marketing and PR specialist with Novarad.

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