New MRI safety training – volunteers required

The author of a new MRI safety course, which has been developed in partnership with Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH), which could prevent injuries and save lives by reducing adverse incidents, is calling for volunteers to take part in a pilot of ‘Managing Patients Undergoing Anaesthesia in the MRI Unit’.

Barbara Nugent, a team leader at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh and a project lead for MRI safety at NHS Education for Scotland, has been actively trying to create a global database of MRI adverse events. The evidence compiled supports the need for introducing minimum levels of safety education to the MRI workforce. To satisfy this requirement some of this data has been used to reinforce the need for e-learning modules for MRI staff at the frontline of MRI safety: including radiographers, radiologists, physicists and clinical scientists.

Developed in collaboration with Health Education England’s e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) programme and with the support of other professional bodies and organisations across the UK (SCoR, BAMRR, MRAG, IPEM (MRSIG), MHRA, BIR, RCR, HFS, AAGBI and ISMRM) the first module of the MRI safety course is now ready to be tested.

Once this first module has been evaluated, it is intended to be one of a suite of online MRI Safety Programme learning modules designed to share fundamental MRI safety knowledge while also developing professional expertise in the areas of:

  • MRI safety hazards and risk management
  • MRI safety guidelines and legislation
  • MRI adverse incident management and reporting

For more information about the MRI Safety e-learning session and to evaluate the pilot please click here.