The Joint Commission has released a set of prepublication standards that contain new and revised requirements addressing risks associated with diagnostic imaging for accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals, and ambulatory care organizations that provide diagnostic imaging services. These standards focus on CT, MRI, and NM/PET and affect a broad range of areas, including staff credentialing, staff training, equipment quality assurance, equipment maintenance, and more. Please click here to see the Joint Commission’s own announcement.
The State of Texas is updating their radiation regulations (Section 289.227) to implement numerous changes for CT and fluoroscopy operators effective May 1, 2013. Among the many provisions in the new rules is a requirement to establish a Radiation Protocol Committee (RPC) to ensure that CT and fluoroscopic procedures are performed at appropriate dose levels. Additionally, new requirements address the recording of patient doses, establishment of radiation dose thresholds, reporting of overexposures, and staff radiation safety training, among other regulations. The new requirements will require substantial enhancements to most facilities’ radiation protection programs and are detailed in the rule update language, accessed by clicking here. Please contact West Physics if your facility would like any assistance with meeting these new regulations, as our technical staff are fully prepared to help you implement the new requirements quickly and simply.
California’s Governor has signed AB 510, which clarifies certain provisions in SB 1237. AB 510 was developed in collaboration with radiation physicists and radiologists from health systems, universities, medical centers and smaller community hospitals, as well as the sponsors of SB 1237. It clarifies that the recording requirements of SB 1237 apply only to CT exams for diagnostic purposes; clarifies that the dose verification process done by the facility is applied to particular studies and not all studies; clarifies that reporting is only required if an exam is done on parts of the body not intended to be scanned; and defines which accrediting organizations can accredit CT x-ray systems. The full text of AB 510 can be viewed by clicking here.
California’s Governor has signed SB 1237, which implements requirements for facilities utilizing computed tomography (CT) x-ray systems. These requirements, which go into effect on July 1, 2012, specify the recording of patient doses, reporting of overexposures, and accreditation requirements for facilities conducting CT exams. The complete text of this important bill is available by clicking here and please do not hesitate to contact West Physics for assistance with implementing these new requirements at your facility.