Joint Commission Alert Shines Light on Preventing MRI Accidents, Injuries

OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill., Feb. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Joint Commission today issued a Sentinel Event Alert that urges hospitals and ambulatory care centers to pay special attention to preventing accidents and injuries that can occur during MRI scans.

More than 10 million MRI scans are performed each year in the United States and while most cause no harm, the inherent dangers of the process are not well known. The most common types of injuries are burns, while some of the more devastating accidents are caused by common objects that become missiles when brought into the MRI scanners magnetic field. The Sentinel Event Alert brings the reality of risks associated with MRIs to the attention of the nations accredited health care organizations, and offers practical solutions to avoiding injuries or deaths.

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