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TJC Calls for Restraint in Diagnostic Radiation

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 25, 2011

Schyve said several campaigns are underway to use appropriate doses, such as the "Image Gently" effort to titrate smaller doses for children, and the comparable "Image Wisely" for adults.

He said he expects another Sentinel Alert dealing with overdoses of radiation used in therapeutic healthcare settings.

The Joint Commission's sentinel alert said that it was drawn from its "voluntary reporting system for serious adverse events in health care. The database includes detailed information about both adverse events and their underlying causes."

The Joint Commission is the largest healthcare standards-setting and accrediting organization in the nation.

Cheryl Clark is senior quality editor and California correspondent for HealthLeaders Media. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
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