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Interventional radiology checklist produced to improve safety

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The National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) has produced a surgical checklist for interventional radiology – minimally invasive procedures performed using image guidance – aimed at improving safety.

The list includes checking renal function and potential for bleeding before the procedure and ensuring specimens have been labelled.

NPSA patient safety director Suzette Woodward said the checklist would be a “vital tool in increasing the reliability and safety of care”.

There were 16,112 patient safety incidents involving radiology in 2009, of which 15,239 resulted in low or no harm.

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