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Overview: Patient Safety Framework for Mitigating Risk in Interventional Radiology

In an effort to proactively address emerging risks associated with changes in healthcare delivery, the Academic Medical Center Patient Safety Organization (AMC PSO) convened the Interventional Radiology Safety Task Force to arrive at a set of literature-supported consensus-based guidelines for patient safety considerations for Interventional Radiology procedures.

With advancements in technology and minimally invasive approaches to interventional procedures, procedural areas such as interventional radiology suites, cardiac catheterization labs and endoscopy units effectivelyfunction as satellite operating rooms. Opportunities exist to align and standardize practice to reflect this evolution.

The Task Force began with a review of the latest literature, scientific evidence, guidance documents and opinion statements from relevant sources. Further insights were gathered from AMC PSO member subject matter experts from Interventional Radiology, Anesthesiology, Nursing, medical trainees, risk management, and patient safety.

What follows is a document that reflects the aim, mission and consensus opinion of the Task Force. It offers guidance for patient safety experts in their efforts to provide the safest possible care to patients.


  • Glenn Barest
    Boston Medical Center
  • Sheila Barnett
    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Pat Folcarelli
    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Scott Friedman
    Boston Medical Center
  • Brian Geller
    University of Florida Health Shands Hospital
  • Floreen Knight
    Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Mary Landrigan-Ossar
    Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Joanne Martino
    Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Margaret Martello
    Mount Auburn Hospital
  • Miriam Neuman
    North Shore Medical Center
  • Ralph Reichle
    Mount Auburn Hospital
  • Karen Schoonmaker
    Cambridge Health Alliance
  • Paul Shyn
    Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Daniel Siragusa
    University of Florida Health Jacksonville
  • Suzanne Swedeen
    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Raul Uppot
    Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Rajendran Vilvendhan
    Boston Medical Center


The recommendations for the Patient Safety Framework for Mitigating Risk in Interventional Radiology were developed under the auspices of the Academic Medical Center Patient Safety Organization (AMC PSO) Interventional Radiology Safety Task Force. These consensus recommendations are for informational purposes only and should not be construed or relied upon as a standard of care.

The AMC PSO recommends institutions review these guidelines and accept, modify or reject these recommendations based on their own resources and patient populations. Additionally, institutions should continue to review and modify these recommendations as the field continues to evolve.

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