As health care workers we are under a legal obligation to protect an individual from any kind of abuse, whether it is physical, financial, emotional, sexual or psychological .Legislation, policies and procedures exist to promote a safer working environment and reduce the potential for risks occurring. They are tailored for the needs of each setting, known and understood by employers and employees and reviewed on a regular basis.
Patient safety is of major concern in healthcare settings due to the preventable nature of events that sometimes lead to serious injury, and even death, for patients. This was catapulted to the forefront of healthcare delivery in 1999 when the Institute of Medicine wrote a scathing report; To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System, that highlighted "the lack of safety for patients in healthcare organizations" (Ulrich and Kear 2014). The National Patient Safety
One of the primary goals of patient care has been safety for a long time. How patient safety is regulated has changed throughout history. Between 1917 and 1918, the American College of Surgeons developed The Minimum Standards for Hospitals which was a one page document that lead to The Joint Commission (TJC, 2014). Founded in 1951 with accreditation beginning January 1953, TJC is currently the oldest and largest organizations setting standards for patient safety (TJC, 2014). The American College of Surgeons required ethics for physicians in 1951 (TJC, 2014). Today TJC and other credentialing organizations require all staff, clinical or not, to participant in patient safety goals. Regardless of the organization you work for, patient safety will
Patient safety one of the driving forces of healthcare. Patient safety is defined as, “ the absence of preventable harm to a patient during the process of healthcare or as the prevention of errors and adverse events caused by the provision of healthcare rather than the patient’s underlying disease process. (Kangasniemi, Vaismoradi, Jasper, &Turunen, 2013)”. It was just as important in the past as it is day. Our healthcare field continues to strive to make improvement toward safer care for patients across the country.
The exact amount of radiation a child is exposed to during an MBS is unknown. To reduce radiation exposure, the client should be covered with protective shields and exposure time should be kept under a minute and a half. Radiation exposure for children at such a young age is a concern because these children are often exposed to multiple forms of radiation in their first few years of life, such as x-rays as well. Family preference may determine the use of FEES vs. MBS due to radiation concerns. Since a FEES does not have time restraints, it allows the clinician to teach, educate, and monitor the client’s behavior during intervention. Although this is also an option while doing a MBS, the more compensatory strategies tried out, the more radiation the child is undergoing. Another advantage FEES holds over MBS or VFSS is the use of the sensory evaluation (FEESST). A puff of air can be administered to test the laryngeal adductor (swallow) reflex. FEESST is the only swallowing evaluation that directly tests airway protection by determining if the larynx can fulfill its airway protection function, while at the same time assessing bolus transfer. This
For instance, the biggest challenge is likely to be the degradation of our health. As the Earth is now, we still suffer health problems caused by the UV radiation that enters our biosphere right now, before ozone is depleted even more so. The biggest health issue caused by UV radiation is cancer of the skin. Whilst exposure to UV radiation will often allow you to tan, it can be very dangerous because there is a very thin line between exposure and over-exposure and this is where the idea of skin cancer comes from. Exposure to UVB radiation means that it will enter just the top layers of your skin and give you a nice brown tan. However, if you spend too long under the UVB radiation’s source, most commonly the Sun, it will penetrate into your
Physicians must ask themselves, “Is this CT the best examination to diagnose this condition in the child?” (National Cancer Institute, 2012). CT scans are quick, prevent misdiagnoses and unnecessary surgeries; however, there are two alternatives: ultrasound and MRI. Communication between pediatric physicians and radiologists is extremely important in minimizing radiation exposure (National Cancer Institute, 2012). The Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging is a great source for physicians, medical physicists and technologists to gain knowledge on how to minimize radiation exposure on pediatric
A radiologic technologist has a special role in their field. They create the technologist they want to become. As a radiologic technologist the ASRT enforces the code of ethics. There are ten code of ethics of follow in order to be a “professional”. All of them are important but there are three in particular that I find to be superior to the others. First one is “The radiologic technologist conducts herself of himself in a professional manner, responds to patient needs and supports colleagues and associates in providing quality patient care” (ASRT, 2003). This one is important because the technologist is expected to perform excellence. Their concerns are for the patients and coworkers. Technologist needs to put priorities above their needs.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner has become an ideal tool for various clinical diagnosis and frequently used because it is not using ionizing radiation (1). Despite of that fact, it does not prevent that MRI environment could be unsafe for patients and workers at the same time under different circumstances such as negligence and the patients themselves. A comprehensive MRI safety training to protect patients and other healthcare workers from potential bio-effects and risks of the magnetic fields in an MRI suite is therefore essential. The knowledge of the purpose of safety zones in an MRI suite as well as MRI appropriateness criteria is important for all healthcare professionals who will work in the MRI environment or refer patients for MRI scans Sammet S et al.
Irradiation is a process that that makes food products last longer in store shelves, freezers, and kills harmful living organisms. “Irradiation does not make foods radioactive, compromise nutritional quality, or noticeably change the taste, texture, or appearance of food”(FDA, 6/28/16). Irradiation is meant to help make meat last longer and stay fresh and healthy for a long time. It does not make the meat radioactive. Irradiation is also meant to kill any type of bacteria, parasites, and illness. Irradiation is used on the following foods, “beef and pork, crustaceans, fruits and vegetables, poultry, seeds for planting, eggs, shellfish, and spices and seasonings.” (FDA, 6/28/16). This is why I think that Irradiation in meat is needed.
Radiation is often negatively connotated; however, this impression is inappropriate. Radiation is extremely beneficial in the standards of medicine and is a very predominant as well as an effective way of not only creating energy, but testing how old a fossil is or even how a substance will stand to the test of time. On behalf of the advancements brought to the surface by these developments, the possibility of genetically altering crops with radiation has become possible. With the advancements brought to the light in the early twentieth century, gamma radiation began to hold its own. Gamma radiation is extremely beneficial to society because of its contributions the agrarian culture in the world.
Ps 47:9 | “The princes of the people are gathered together, even the people of the God of Abraham: for the shields of the earth belong unto God: he is greatly exalted.” Before 1958, when Explorer I was launched into space, this passage was used to convey the princes were the shields of the Earth. With the discovery of the Van Allen Radiation Belts (V.A.R.B.), this word play can be seen as a new simile: princes are a kingdoms protector as V.A.R.B. is to the shield of the Earth.