A New Radiation Dose Philosophy: Understand, Integrate, Educate, Improve
This new world of enhanced radiation safety oversight can be grouped into four “pillars” to build and sustain a thorough and effective radiation safety program.
1. Understand: Establish technical evaluation and analysis of the care providers’ radiation protection program for a baseline view of the current radiation dose management protocols.
2. Integrate: Enable customized tools and solution implementation to drive improvement in managing radiation exposure to patients and staff.
3. Educate: Enable a collaborative learning environment within the health care institution to make appropriate training available so that staff knows how to use the tools they have invested in. Don’t forget about patients! Educating patients on the risk and benefits of their medical radiation exposure is an important part of transparent care that is currently underdeveloped.
4. Improve: Use industry benchmarking and other comparative analysis in collaboration with professional support to drive improvements and lower dose levels to both patients and staff.