The Knucklehead of the Day award
Today's winner is Arizona Oncology Associates. They get the award for the following.
PHOENIX, 29 (UPI) -- A Phoenix clinic says it has taken steps to prevent a repeat of an incident in which a cancer patient was forgotten inside a CT scan machine for five hours.The oncology group is promising corrective action to prevent any further incidents. What happened here is plain carelessness. I've worked in radiology and what happened is inexcusable. When ending a shift, there are procedures to be done. What was the employee thinking? I need to get home, is the likely answer. People in radiology aren't doctors, but your first priority is always should be your patient.
Elvira Tellez, 67, had to call 911 last week after freeing herself from the CT machine where she had been left when the staff locked up and went home for the day.
Arizona Oncology Associates told the Arizona Daily Star an investigation was launched right away and new procedures were immediately put into place.
The clinic reassured Tellez she had not been overdosed with radiation since the scan had been completed.
Arizona Oncology Associates forgot this, and that is why I make them today's Knucklehead of the Day.
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