The Joint Commission recently released updates to their Environment of Care and Human Resources standards EC.02.04.03 and HR.01.05.03. HR.01.05.03 creates new fluoroscopy standards requiring that the hospital verifies and documents that individuals (including physicians, non-physicians, and ancillary personnel) who use fluoroscopic equipment participate in ongoing education that includes annual training on the following:
In developing a comprehensive plan to comply with the new Joint Commission standards, it is clear that individuals who use fluoroscopic equipment will also need comprehensive initial training on the safe use of fluoroscopy, and that certain individuals will need to understand the key elements of a patient safety program in fluoroscopy. The Joint Commission requires that accredited healthcare organizations develop and follow their own policies and procedures that comply with accreditation requirements.
FluoroSafety offers multiple initial training options which also address techniques and strategies from Image Gently®, Image Gently-Step Lightly®, and Image Wisely® for reducing patient and staff radiation doses. Our top quality educational activities follow the recommendations of NCRP Report No. 168, meet accreditation standards of The Joint Commission, and provide Self-Assessment CME (SA-CME) MOC credit for most ABMS member boards, including the ABIM, ABR, ABS, ABPMR, and ABA. Click here for more details on MOC.
FluoroSafety offers several courses that may meet your needs for complying with Joint Commission EC.02.04.03 and HR.01.05.03.:
|Course||Category 1 CME credits||Typical use||Purchase|
|Advanced Training Program||8||Initial training for individuals performing potentially high-dose procedures||Buy now >|
|Basic Training Program||4||Initial training for other users of fluoroscopy||Buy now >|
|Annual Training for Individuals Who Use Fluoroscopic Equipment||2.5||Annual training for individuals who use fluoroscopic equipment||Buy now >|
|Establishing a Patient Safety Program||2||Educate individuals involved in establishing a patient safety program, including SRDLs. Does not meet requirements for annual training of fluoroscopy users.||Buy now >
FluoroSafety CME courses are focused on ease of access, content that is interactive and engaging, and achieving measurable results.
National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) Report No. 168 is the standard of care document for radiation dose management for fluoroscopically-guided interventional medical procedures. For individuals performing potentially high-dose procedures, NCRP Report No. 168 recommends a full day (8 hours) of formal training on the following topics:
The Advanced Training Program on the Safe Use of Fluoroscopy from FluoroSafety meets these training requirements. NCRP Report No. 168 recommends condensed training for other users of fluoroscopy, a need that is met by our Basic Training Program on the Safe Use of Fluoroscopy. Individuals who are interested in understanding how to establish Substantial Radiation Dose Levels (SRDL) and reference levels, or in strategies for improving the patient safety culture in their fluoroscopy practice, will find what then need in Establishing a Patient Safety Program in Fluoroscopy.