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Patient safety highlights American Association of Physicists in Medicine
Date:7/15/2010

wn a public spotlight on the safety of procedures involving medical radiation. New efforts to improve patient safety are the focus of a special symposium at the 52nd AAPM meeting that brings together an investigative journalist and medical physicists. Recent technical failures and human errors will be addressed in light of new AAPM recommendations and IAEA efforts to provide better education and accreditation for staff, consistent systems for reporting medical errors, and a more comprehensive assessment of medical technologies by the FDA.

The discussion will take place from 2-4 p.m. EDT on Sunday, July 18. Speakers include:

  • Walt Bogdanich, an investigative reporter for the New York Times, who will discuss his recent series of articles on radiation accidents

  • William Hendee, professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin and editor of the journal Medical Physics, who will present safety recommendations developed at the AAPM symposium "Safety in Radiation Therapy -- A Call to Action" in June

  • Michael Herman, professor at the Mayo Clinic and president of AAPM, who will describe ongoing efforts by the AAPM to improve patient safety, including dialogues with the FDA

  • Ola Holmberg, head of the Radiation Protection of Patients (RPoP) unit at the International Atomic Energy Association, who will discuss IAEA efforts to prevent radiation accidents.

The "Special Symposium on Patient Safety" will be at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 18, 2010 in Ballroom A of the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

ABSTRACT: http://www.aapm.org/meetings/amos2/pdf/49-14600-67969-790.pdf


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