Quality Care: Cancer Care
Technology that Supports Patient Safety
Quality Care: Technology
Radiation is a proven and essential tool used to diagnose and treat illnesses and injuries. All Lifespan's affiliated hospitals (including Rhode Island Hospital and its Hasbro Children's hospital) are licensed by the State of Rhode Island Department of Health and follow strict Federal government regulations regarding the use of radiation for health care and research.
Radiotherapy is a multifaceted practice that involves the active involvement of several different clinical and technical specialists. These include: radiation oncologists, medical physicists, dosimetrists, radiation therapists, and nurses. A high level of professional expertise is demanded when operating the variety of equipment in a safe and effective manner. There are multiple steps involved in radiotherapy treatments. Processes change frequently as a result of research findings and the introduction of new, advanced technologies.
In order to stay current regarding use of radiotherapy treatments and technologies and to offer our patients the best and safest treatments, Lifespan's hospitals have invested in significant resources that support the necessary staff and equipment. A Quality Management and Error Prevention Program has been established to address the required multiple human factor and technical components.
Key elements include:
In addition to the Quality Management and Error Prevention Program in Radiotherapy, a Lifespan task force has been convened to explore diagnostic imaging at all affiliated hospitals. The Lifespan Diagnostic Imaging Patient Care Oversight Committee has been established to take a leadership role in examining opportunities to reduce radiation doses to our patients to the extent possible or advisable.