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An audit of lost Xray films on orthopaedic and trauma wards

An audit of lost Xray films on orthopaedic and trauma wards Lost Xray films waste time, delay treatment, and may necessitate a patient being exposed to further radiation. Audit of a 132bed orthopaedic and trauma department over a 2month period showed that 16 patients' Xray films were lost. Fifteen 93 had been stored in anonymous polythene packets. Only 5 31 were found within half an hour, and a mean of 67 minutes' working time was occupied locating each one. Recognition of why and where they were lost reduced the number of losses. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Clinical Effectiveness Emerald Publishing

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
1361-5874
DOI
10.1108/eb020838
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Abstract

Lost Xray films waste time, delay treatment, and may necessitate a patient being exposed to further radiation. Audit of a 132bed orthopaedic and trauma department over a 2month period showed that 16 patients' Xray films were lost. Fifteen 93 had been stored in anonymous polythene packets. Only 5 31 were found within half an hour, and a mean of 67 minutes' working time was occupied locating each one. Recognition of why and where they were lost reduced the number of losses.

Journal

Journal of Clinical EffectivenessEmerald Publishing

Published: Feb 1, 1996

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