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Safety 2: Hands On Session: FMEA in Safety

J Johnson

J L Johnson1*, (1) UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

SU-B-Salon AB-1 Sunday 10:00:00 AM - 12:00:00 PM Room: Salon AB

Medical physicists are responsible for providing clinical service to patients undergoing diagnosis and treatment and are delegated the primary caretakers of safety. As the complexity of the technology in providing these services has increased, so have the risks to the patient, the healthcare workers, and the public. Medical physicists’ unique knowledge and skills must expand on what they already know and do with the complexity of technology to minimize familiar and unexpected risks as much as possible.

One way to broaden their safety knowledge and skills is to formalize their approach through use of failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA). This hands-on session will show that FMEA is simply a more systematic approach to what medical physicists currently do in identifying risks for a clinical service process. Participants will complete a process FMEA on a single process step of a 3D conformal radiotherapy (3D-CRT) breast treatment case.

Learning Objectives:
1) Describe process failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA) concepts
2) Apply FMEA on a single process step in a 3D-CRT case


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