Quality Assurance in Interventional Radiology: Preprocedural Care
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Purpose of Review
To review best practices to improve the quality of patient service in the field of interventional radiology prior to performing the procedure.
We highlight a checklist of elements that have a potential for improvement and contribution to overall quality of patient care from the time of taking the consult, until the time of the procedure. Our check list includes establishing appropriateness of the procedure, reducing waiting times, patient-centered care, patient education, shared decision making, establishing expectations, informed consent, managing the patient’s medication list, preprocedure diet, prevention of CIN, prevention of contrast reactions, pain control and sedation, and coagulation status and hemostasis risk. Several consensus guidelines are referenced in this chapter. However, individual patients and clinical scenario vary and determine which guideline to follow or modify based in clinical judgment.
The clinic is a key component of success in any Interventional Radiology practice, as it provides the space for consultation, patient education, and preprocedural planning.
KeywordsQuality assurance Patient-centered care Interventional radiology clinic Patient education
The authors would like to thank Dr. Ali N. Harb for reviewing their manuscript.
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Conflict of interest
Hani Abujudeh is a section editor for Current Radiology Reports. Tarek Jazmati, Vishnu Chandra, and Sohail Contractor each declare no potential conflicts of interest.
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This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.
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