Errors in Radiation Therapy
MedSun: Newsletter #42, November 2009

Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority

Radiation therapy is a highly regulated medical practice with historically low error and injury rates. Rare instances of radiation therapy errors resulting in severe injuries have been documented. These errors can result in devastating and sometimes fatal injuries, especially when the misadministration results in injury to vital organs or structures, such as the spinal cord, heart, lungs, or brain. Preventing errors in the delivery of radiation therapy involves not only understanding and appropriately utilizing new advances in technology, but also utilizing established patient safety procedures that optimize safe healthcare delivery.

Additional Information:

Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority. Errors in Radiation Therapy. September 6, 2009.

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