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14 January 2019
By Auroba Latief Al-Samaraee, MSc., CPHQ; Sr Director of Radiation Safety and Medical Physics (RSMP) Dept.; Corporate Radiation SafetyOfficer (RSO) / Sr Medical Physicist; Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, UAE
Without doubt, the application of ionizing radiation and radioactive materials in diagnostic, interventional and therapeutic procedures in medicine is beneficial for hundreds of millions of people each year. Everyday applications of ionizing radiation for diagnosis and treatment help millions of patients all over the world.
A patient-centred culture is defined by caregivers that are engaged to deliver safe, reliable, high-quality care. Organisations that foster a culture committed to safety not only improve quality of care but also deliver better patient and caregiver experiences, and better outcomes.
Safety has been always a top priority goal of successful healthcare systems. It was maintained by assessing the safety culture of the organisation through direct feedback from employees, nurses and physicians to understand the level of organisational focus on safety as well as develop targeted programmes to achieve this goal.
The radiation safety culture in healthcare facilities is an integral component of safety culture programmes in medical settings.
In order to build a radiation safety culture, the workplace behaviour has to be fully understood. This could be maintained by taking some actions to engage caregivers and patients in the Radiation Safety (RS) culture such as:
Service providers, institutions clinicians, administrators, and policy makers must work together to improve the quality of healthcare through robust programmes of safety in general and radiation safety in particular.