MRI Safety Week, Getting to the Root Cause and Prevention

November 9, 2011    |   By: Calevir

MRI Safety Week (this past June) was founded to celebrate and promote excellence in MRI safety. Much of the week long event was inspired by the 2001 tragic MRI-related death of Michael Columbini, age 6, resulting from a portable steel oxygen cylinder being brought into the MRI room during his exam.

Even though this MRI safety week information came to us this summer, activity surrounding the related resources continues on LinkedIn.   It’s great info showing how analysis at the root cause level is needed and what can be gained.

MRI Safety Week triggers annual renewals of safety training or inspections of MRI safety features, and a number of safety-related activities.   This year, Mednovus, manufacturers of the SAFESCAN ® line of ferromagnetic MRI screening tools have teamed up with Reliability Center, Inc. to share the root cause analysis of Michael’s tragic event.   Review the sequence of events that happened that day as the root causes that led to the tragedy are uncovered and discussed.   The root cause analysis tells us how to prevent such a tragedy from happening again – an awareness for all providers and patients that utilize MRIs.


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