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Date:7/15/2010

r extending the TO requirement to radiation oncology operators nationwide. He will present this work today at the 52nd meeting of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) in Philadelphia.

"This simple procedure of taking the time to say, 'Correct patient name?birthday?...treatment site?...dose?...gantry angle? Do you agree?' If it's all good, then you beam on," explains Chu.

Results show implementing TOs led to a threefold reduction in radiation errors. To implement TOs takes just 15 seconds of verbal discussion per radiation beam.

Dr. Chu reviewed radiation error records from five different cancer centers in New York and Michigan over 2000-2009. During that period, TO protocols were adopted at all centers, allowing him to compute error rates before and after TO implementation.

Says Dr. Chu: "This is an amazingly powerful safety assurance check that hospitals administrators would support since it is already implemented in other areas of the hospital to reduce errors."

The presentation "Implementation of a "time Out" Procedure in Radiation Oncology: A Multi-Institution Study Over Nine Years Results in a Three-Fold Reduction in Misadministrations" by B Rasmussen and K Chu will be at 10:36 a.m. on Thursday, July 22, 2010 in Room 203 of the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

ABSTRACT: http://www.aapm.org/meetings/amos2/pdf/49-12987-2450-892.pdf


9) One Canadian Hospital's Encouraging Results Reducing Radiation Dose

PHILADELPHIA, PA (July 21, 2010) -- Late last year, after a number of stories on diagnostic medical CT scanning began appearing in newspapers, more and more people began to express concern about their procedures and to inquire about dangers of X-ray radiation, recalls Elena Tonkopi, a medical physicist at Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Center in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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