By Cynthia E. Keen, staff writer
    November 11, 2011

    Tuesday, November 29 | 12:45 p.m.-1:15 p.m. | LL-QSE3047-TUB | Lakeside Learning Center
    In this storyboard presentation, a no-hassle way to track and monitor complication rates of imaging-guided procedures will be explained. The solution that makes this possible is a Web-based automated procedure log application.

    Developed by radiologists at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, the software allows users to record procedural information, severity of any complications, pathology, and diagnostic yield for all image-guided diagnostic procedures performed through the radiology department's abdominal and cardiothoracic imaging sections. The software also records use of the hospital's adverse event reporting system.

    Data are displayed in real-time on a dashboard. The performance of trainees can be individually monitored with their peers and measured against established benchmarks. Corrective action can be taken promptly, according to presenter Dr. Asheesh Harsha, a radiology resident.

    Over a seven-month evaluation period in which 569 image-guided procedures were performed, complication rates by site ranged from 24% for native kidney and lung biopsies to none at all for thyroid nodules and lymph nodes. Diagnostic yield ranged from 60% for pleural masses to 100% for native kidneys.

    Last Updated np 11/10/2011 10:53:14 AM

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