As radiologic technologists, we are uniquely qualified to participate in the medical response to radiologic accidents and radiologic terrorist attacks. Should such incidents occur in our area, our colleagues and the public at large will have the expectation that we will know how to deal with radiation safely since we work with it every day. This article offers information to help you feel comfortable that you can safely help others during such a horrible crisis.
If you are working as a radiologic technologist or ultrasound tech, you spend long hours on your feet and on hard floors. Footwear is an important part of your life and we all know that if we skimp on quality in this area, we will end up with sore feet every day in the short run and serious foot, knee, and back problems in the long run. In addition, an X-ray tech’s shoes need to be spill, sharps, and slip resistant, and need to be easily cleanable on the outside. But that doesn’t mean they have to be ugly. Standard tennis or running shoes can be comfortable, but they don’t look professional. The soft pourus top makes them unsafe for dropped sharps or spilled fluids. Also, sneakers are hard to clean and shoe laces can come untied and get dragged across a contaminated hospital floor. But shoes are a personal trial and error thing. One person’s best shoe ever may not work for someone else. What are your favorite work shoes?
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In early 2014, The Joint Commission (TJC) announced changes to its standards for accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals, and ambulatory health care organizations that provide diagnostic imaging services. TJC has stated changes will be effective some time in 2015 with additional requirements to be phased in by 2015. The standards changes announced by TJC, however, in most cases will not require any change in action by imaging centers, since most of the requirements are already being followed by imaging centers and radiology departments.
The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) has implemented a system of Structured Education and Continuing Qualification Requirements (CQR). The new requirements do not apply to Radiologic Technologists certified before January 1, 2011. However, technologists who first got their certificate on or after 1/1/2011 have a time-limited license that is valid for 10 years. Renewing certification for an additional 10 years requires completion of the CQR process. Also, to remain compliant with ARRT rules and regulations and the Standard of Ethics, R.T.’s are required to complete a renewal process annually and continuing education requirements every two years. R.T.s in Sonography need CE credits related directly to this subject. This is known as structured education.
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