Contrast materials used in radiology are administered to be able to see anatomical structure better in x-rays. What these materials do is they increase the absorption of the images x-rays produce so that images may be better visualized. These Medias are classified as positive and negative; these are only administered by qualified nurses or physicians.
This paper discusses the safety planning of a design for a Medical Imaging Suite in terms of its design and the administration of contrast media. The medical imaging suite is focused on patient care as well as maximizing the efficiency of staff and physicians through an optimal design. The suite is an important aspect of the hospital and the planning and design of this is a crucial part of the healthcare facility’s ability to serve patient needs. The planning of the suite does not only include features which will enhance the hospital’s capabilities, yet will also meet ACR standards to the tee because the healthcare facility’s number one priority is the safety of patients as well as medical staff. Conflicts which have risen through the planning of this design which are in connection to costs are also included.
Most hospitals have a safety policy in regards to the administration of these materials, and it should be done by a qualified nurse or physician specializing in radiology. The supervising physician should prescribe the nature as well as the dose of the medicine administered. The risk of the patients in regards to the intake of the medicine will be evaluated by a supervising physician, in addition to this; the type as well as the dosage will be prescribed. Emergency medicine and equipment should be present within the suite at all times.
With a renewed focus, the health care design in the medical imaging suite aims to adhere to the requirements of the American College of Radiology (ACR) standards as well as to improve the rapid changed in the overall experiences for patients as well as satisfying staff. With the goals set to increase the rates of staff retention and provide a better work environment, renovating and designing health care facilities will also help to improve the direct effect of patient care. The new design of the medical imaging suite will not only meet the standard requirements which concern the safety of the room, but will also ultimately give patients a new experience in radiology, leaving them feeling and knowing that they are in good hands.
Patients should sign an informed consent prior to receiving administration of contrast media. These can be obtained through the requesting physician or radiologist present in the department. The risks and complications of the media enhancing medication should be explained prior to signing the consent. The complications connected to these are related to the iodinated intravenous agents. These are only used for radiological procedures for people diagnosed with thyroid problems or other diseases in where organs need to be more visual. The range of the risks are from small reactions to very severe and even in some cases, fatal. These complications can relate to the patients already present health status, therefore the administration of the contrast media must be supervised by a specialist.
The number one priority of the hospital and the medical imaging suite will always be families. Whether it is a grandparent, a spouse, a child or any loved one going through the process of radiology, we would like to ensure that the loved one is treated with respect and kindness. Above all, patient satisfaction as well as happiness will be the number one priority in the designing of the medical imaging suite to ensure that the patient is comfortable at all times.
The medical imaging suite, before proceeding with its construction will provide a detailed suite layout for the approval of the healthcare facility’s board; also to ensure that it meets all requirements in regards to safety and equipment placement by the ACR. Construction in regards to imaging specifications will be discussed with stakeholders as this will be a costly aspect of the medical imaging suite. Proper training will also be administered to staff who will be working in the medical imaging suite in regards to new equipment. The detailing of products which are non-ferrous is also important and should be taken into account in addition to the coordination of all technical needs the room may require. The proper sanitation as well as controls must be put in high priority as well.
Because of the risk the media contrast drugs can take on a person, antihithemines and steroids must be readily available. The risk factor assessment should be conducted by the supervising physician, and any information regarding the patient’s health or risk status should be available through the patient’s referring physician, chart and informed consent form. The management of reactions should be well organized and emergency situations are to be looked out for. If a mild reaction is seen with the patient, the discontinuation of the drug administration should be seen immediately.