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The Safety in Radiation Therapy meeting will be digitally captured. Please note:
- AAPM members have free access to the presentations (audio synched with .ppt presentations) via the AAPM Virtual Library.
- Paid registrants have free access to the presentations (audio synched with .ppt presentations) via the AAPM Virtual Library. A username and password has been emailed to all participants to allow complimentary access.
Online Evaluation System is Closed
The delivery of radiation therapy has evolved into a technologically-sophisticated, computer driven process that demands careful management and high vigilance at the point of care for patients with cancer. The treatment process requires the coordination and participation of teams of human beings interacting with complex technology. At the point of care, physicians, medical physicists, dosimetrists, radiation therapists, each with a specific set of responsibilities, direct their effort toward the safe and effective delivery of radiation therapy for each patient. They must always remain aware of the possibility of technical failure and human error. Away from the scene, scientists and engineers are responsible for the design and development of the technology used in radiation therapy, including treatment devices, software and information transfer systems and the inherent safety of this complex technology.
Technical failures and human errors are infrequent, but when they do occur the safety of patients can be dramatically compromised. Opportunities for increased safety can come from improvement in performance of the individual, the team and/or the equipment. This may include automated monitoring systems available to enable operators to control the delivery process and to recognize unintended actions immediately as well as process improvements that enhance safety.
This conference will be interactive and is intended to provide the treatment team with the ability to examine their current treatment process to identify and implement safety improvements. It is intended to examine the treatment delivery systems involved to identify methods to provide operators with greater knowledge and control over the radiation delivery process at the point of care of patients. It is also designed to examine the respective roles of members of the radiation therapy team and determine ways in which they can improve communication and teamwork to ensure safer and more effective treatment of patients. Finally, meeting participants will contribute directly to the solutions that improve radiation therapy practice.
Audience: radiation oncologists, medical physicists, radiation therapists, medical dosimetrists, industry representatives, regulators, hospital administrators and public interest groups