Tustin, Calif-based Toshiba America Medical Systems and AHRA: The Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) are once again offering facility grants for their “Putting Patients First” program. 

The $7,5000 grants, funded by Toshiba, will be awarded to six health care facilities that submit innovative training for pediatric or adult safety programs in the areas of CT, MR, ultrasound, x-ray, or vascular diagnostic imaging.

If selected, the winning facilities will not be keeping the developed programs to themselves. Rather, the facilities are expected to implement their programs and then share their best practices with other facilities.

The submitted entries should seek to improve imaging practices and address reducing radiation and/or contrast dose, reducing the need for sedation, improving communication with patients regarding the process, improving patient comfort, and/or improving the overall clinical pathway. The deadline to apply is October 15, 2010.

In the past, Putting Patients First has helped winning facilities purchase bismuth shielding for use during CT scans and developed safety programs to identify patients who may be at risk for complications from contrast agents.

Visit www.ahraonline.org or www.medical.toshiba.com for more information.

(Source: Press Release)