A tech who is a type 1 diabetic accidently walked into the MRI room wearing an insulin pump.. the pump flew into the gantry...luckily the patient wasnt harmed... however the tech recieved a large bolus (over 30 units) of insulin as the pump failed (because of the MRI magnet). He later was seen by a volunteer to be confused and then he was brought to the ER for treatment....treated with IV D50 x2 and released....
There are nurses in the department who are diabetic and use insulin pumps. Unlike the tech they rarely walk into the MRI room (maybe once or twice a shift to push contrast or start an IV) The management has made this tech (mentioned above) leave his insulin pump locked up in a locker and insist he do manual injections of insulin.... policy is being discussed as to what to do with the other staff members who use an insulin pump.... this is insane.
.. does anyone see anything wrong with that?
In my oppinion anyone can make a mistake and walk into the room with say a CELL phone... I've never heard management mandating a persons treatment of their disease to fit institutional policies. Any comments? Discuss......
I recently accepted a position as a ct tech for a very large and well known facility. I have worn an insulin pump for 8 years and have very little succes with a regimen of insulin injections. That is why what happened to me is very discouraging. Due to the fact that i will be working close to an MRI field and the opportunity exists that on eveing shifts i might have to "run into a room to help a patient" I am being reassigned to diagnostic radiology until another CT position opens. I understand everyone's concern for patient safetybut my understanding is that there should be two individuals with level ii MR experience or knowledge in the immediate area at all times. So, in the case above, the tech with the insulin pump should be calling a code or paging the appropriate assistafor emergencies. In my case, at this free standing facility i would be calling 911. Although they did not fire me nor did they relinquish any payit is discouraging to have learned a specialized field and then be told you can't do what you love.
Last edit by cttech on Apr 30, '08