With MRI Safety Week taking place this week, new data from a Metrasens’ survey shows that many MRI providers aren’t recording ferromagnetic objects entering MRI rooms, three years after the requirements became effective.
36 percent of 162 MRI professionals polled said their facilities do not adhere to The Joint Commission’s Revised Requirements for Diagnostic Imaging Services. The standards were released in July 2015, by the Joint Commission, a leading non-profit organization that accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.
The commission’s requirements state that MRI facilities should collect data on the following:
- Incidents where ferromagnetic objects unintentionally entered the MRI scanner room
- Injuries resulting from the presence of ferromagnetic objects in the MRI scanner room
Ferromagnetic objects, such as oxygen tanks and wheelchairs, can become lethal projectiles when brought into an MRI room. They are attracted to the MRI’s strong magnetic field and are pulled at rapid speed toward the machine. This has led to serious injuries and, in some cases, death.
With MRI Safety Week taking place July 23 to 29 2018, Metrasens is raising awareness in the radiology community about solutions that are available to curtail such accidents from happening. The company specializes in ferromagnetic detection systems (FMDS) that identify dangerous objects before they come near the entries of MRI rooms and become a threat.
Tobias Gilk, a Metrasens consultant and MRI safety expert, said: “The Joint Commission’s Revised Requirements for Diagnostic Imaging Services state that hospitals must manage safety risks in the MRI environment, but these survey results suggest that there is still room for improvement,”
“The standards provide the most effective approach to assessing and identifying the individual risks an MRI facility faces, and give managers the ability to implement mitigating practices and create effective policies that keep patients, family members and staff safe.”
Metrasens’ Senior Vice President Colin Robertson said: “These survey results mirror what we regularly hear from MRI managers – namely that many facilities have struggled to develop an effective system to record these events,”
“To help solve this problem, Metrasens has developed solutions such as the MRI-Safety-Manager™, which enables collection and categorization of the data required by The Joint Commission. MRI managers can use this tool to swiftly identify ferromagnetic activity trends and generate powerful reports., and we continue to offer guidance to facilities that still need to become compliant.”
In addition to its ferromagnetic detections systems, Metrasens also offers risk assessment consultancy services for MRI facilities.
MRI Safety Resources
The Metrasens’ team are committed to raising awareness of MRI Safety best practices. We regularly produce a range of useful resources including training webinars, informative articles and downloadable guides to current MRI Safety Regulations. You can view a summary of our most recent resources here.