The investigation identified that there:
are multiple opportunities for error in the processes used to communicate unexpected findings
are many steps that have to be completed successfully before the patient is informed
is variance in how clinicians receive findings and how they acknowledge receipt of them.
Professor Ted Baker, CQC’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals, said:“It is important that organisations learn from incidents and take action to mitigate any risks when patients are exposed to ionising radiation from x-rays, radiotherapy or radiopharmaceuticals as part of their diagnosis or treatment."
“The number of errors involving patients is small in the context of the many millions of procedures undertaken each year involving radiation. That said, in too many cases errors happen as a result of inadequate checks, poor communication, or because of a simple failure follow procedures around rad
Key findings from the Clinical Radiology UK Workforce Census Report 2018 include:
Three quarters of radiology clinical directors say they do not have enough radiology consultants to deliver safe and effective patient care.
NHS hospitals spent £165m last year on outsourcing, overtime and locums to cover radiologist work, £49m more than in 2017 and three times what was spent in 2014.
The amount spent on outsourcing would pay for 1,887 full-time radiologists, which would more than pay to cover the current shortfall of 1,104 consultants.
Only one in five UK trusts and healt
This editorial by Dr Michael Farquhar, published in Anaesthesia, explains the importance of taking breaks while on shift and ensuring a good sleep between shifts and the inextricable link between sleep and patient safety.