Here’s what radiologists should do after they’ve committed an error

The chair of the American College of Radiology’s Commission on Leadership and Practice Development, recently asked radiologists what they should do in case of an error.

After a mistake, calling the referring physician to ensure the patient is taken care of is top priority, in addition to documenting discussions, according to Jennifer C. Broder, MD, vice-chair of radiology quality and safety at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in Massachusetts.

The next move depends on the type of error. Disclosing the mistake to patients is a must, and rads should consider seeking guidance from experts, including risk managers, to discuss the problem and next steps.

Read other solutions that radiologists gave to this question: https://www.healthimaging.com/topics/practice-management/radiologist-committed-error