Utilization of a Radiation Safety Time-Out Reduces Radiation Exposure During Electrophysiology Procedures

AnthonyAizer MD, MSc; Jessica K. Qiu BS; Austin V.Cheng BS; Patrick B. Wu MD; Douglas S. Holmes MD; Steven R. Wagner MS; Scott A. Bernstein MD; David S. Park MD, PhD; Barbara Cartolano RN; Chirag R. Barbhaiya MD; Larry A. Chinitz MD

This study sought to determine whether a radiation safety time-out reduces radiation exposure in electrophysiology procedures.
Time-outs are integral to improving quality and safety. The authors hypothesized that a radiation safety time-out would reduce radiation exposure levels for patients and the health care team members.
The study was performed at the New York University Langone Health Electrophysiology Lab. Baseline data were collected for 6 months prior to the time-out. On implementation of the time-out, data were collected prospectively with analyses to be performed every 3 months. The primary endpoint was dose area product. The secondary endpoints included reference point dose, fluoroscopy time, use of additional shielding, and use of alternative imaging such as intracardiac and intravascular ultrasound.
A total of 1,040 patient cases were included. The median dose area product prior to time-out was 18.7 Gy∙cm2, and the median during the time-out was [Read more…]

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