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Publication Type: Safety Information
Single or Multiple Incident: Multiple
Date: 1/13/2020 12:00:00 AM
Country: Australia

This alert discusses the potential for clinical errors and compromised patient outcomes when blue synthetic blankets are used during radiological procedures. The use of blue synthetic blankets during x-ray procedures, including mobile x-ray, general x-ray, fluoroscopy and angiography as they may result in artefacts presenting in the image. These artefacts may be interpreted as pathology and may impact patient clinical assessment and outcomes. It was identified that the RFID tags in some patient gowns, pillow cases, and sheets also have the potential to result in artefact during imaging. The alert provides recommendations to avoid artefacts from linen used during radiological procedures.

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blue synthetic blankets


Use of linen in radiological procedures - potential artefact