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Best Practices for Physics Plan and Chart Review: Report of AAPM Task Group 275

E Ford
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D Schofield

G Kim

L Fong de los Santos

E Ford1*, D Schofield2*, G Kim3*, L Fong de los Santos4*, (1) University of Washington, Seattle, WA, (2) Saint Vincent Hospital, Acton, MA, (3) University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA, (4) Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN


7:30 AM : Physics plan review: the promise and the pitfalls - E Ford, Presenting Author
7:45 AM : A survey of physics plan review practices - D Schofield, Presenting Author
8:00 AM : Risk analysis to inform physics plan review recommendations - G Kim, Presenting Author
8:15 AM : Best practice recommendations from AAPM Task Group 275 - L Fong de los Santos, Presenting Author

TH-A-FS2-0 (Thursday, August 3, 2017) 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Room: Four Seasons 2

One of the most important tasks that therapy physicists perform is the review of plans and charts prior to and during treatment. This is a key quality control check and is one of the most effective measures for preventing mistreatments and near misses. However, there are no recommendations for best practices of plan and chart review and very few related reports can be found in the literature. The purpose of AAPM Task Group 275 is to provide recommendations for effective practices of both the physics initial and weekly chart checks. These recommendations are established by combining an AAPM all-member survey of current review practices with a structured assessment of potential risk using a systematic FMEA-based risk methodology. The Task Group report presents best practice recommendations for physics plan and chart review in external beam therapy (photons, electrons and protons) as well as HDR brachytherapy for gynecological applications.

Learning Objectives:
1. Appreciate the importance of physics plan and chart review for the safety and quality of care in radiation oncology.
2. Understand the methodology used by Task Group 275 to assess current practices and derive risk-informed recommendations.
3. Learn the key recommendations from Task Group 275 for best practices in physic plan and chart review.


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