Saturday, February 18, 2012
Family Medicine: Radiation Safety Miracle- Informed Consent
Radiation Safety: Another first on Emergency Department visit report, "Discussed with____(patient) criteria for CT head and facial bones giving exposure radiation versus benefit of imaging study. After considering that ___(patient) has decided against CT scans."
Could we ACTUALLY be discussing benefits and harms of CT scans and documenting informed consent for them in emergency departments? I have NEVER seen such a statement in a report from an adult emergency department in the Dayton, Ohio area before today. I have many patients in ED's for episodes of trauma, dizziness, confusion, etc who get CT scans. This has NEVER happened in a report about any of my patients in Emergency Departments before today.
I don't have enough children going to Dayton Children's Hospital to know what is happening there, so my comments only apply to adult emergency departments.
It's like a miracle has happened. I'm encouraged. What do you think?