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September 15, 2017
Healthcare Facilities Plan to Purchase Protective Aprons, Shields and Safety Equipment to Create a Safer Work Environment for Radiologic Technologists
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., September 15, 2017 — Mary Washington Hospital and Union Health-Union Hospital will both receive Safety FiRsT® grants to implement safety initiatives that will elevate technologist safety in the workplace. Launched in 2015 by the ASRT Foundation and Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc., the Safety FiRsT program awards two ASRT members per year a grant of up to $7,000 each to improve radiologic technologist safety in their departments.
This year’s recipients are:
As Program Manager for the School of Radiologic Technology at Mary Washington Hospital, Lasley said she remembers having to wear lead aprons all morning while working in a fluoroscopy room or attending long cases in the OR.
“By the end of the day, the shoulder, neck, back and leg pain could be just miserable,” she recalled. “I am extremely excited to provide our technologists with new, lightweight, ergonomically-correct, lead-free aprons.”
Whittaker, Imaging Services Clinical Educator at Union Health-Union Hospital, said it was her technologists who actually came up with the idea of purchasing an MRI safe cart and requested additional training on transferring patients.
“The technologists are very excited and really looking forward to this,” she said. “We’re very patient-centered and safety-centered here, so it just fits right in with our goal of reducing injuries and keeping technologists safe.”
Now in its third year, the Safety FiRsT program is helping healthcare facilities to create safer work environments for radiologic technologists. In 2016, Christine Bak, R.T.(R)(T), of Hartford Hospital in Connecticut, was awarded a grant to purchase and install an overhead lifting device to assist in raising patients from a prone or supine position. Additionally, Jennifer Maquez, R.T.(R)(MR), of Boca Raton Hospital in Florida, received a grant to purchase walkers and wheelchairs made of non-magnetic materials for safety in an MR suite.
The ASRT Foundation and Toshiba Medical Safety FiRsT grants are funded by a grant from Toshiba Medical.
About the ASRT Foundation
The ASRT Foundation supports and empowers medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals and students to pursue opportunities that improve patient care. For more information, visit the ASRT Foundation website at foundation.asrt.org/.
About Toshiba Medical
Toshiba Medical offers a full range of diagnostic medical imaging solutions across the globe, including ultrasound, CT, x-ray and MR. For more information, visit the Toshiba Medical website at www.medical.toshiba.com.