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Group Fellowship Training on Accidents in Radiotherapy and the Role of Audit

2 - 6 December 2013


PROSPECTUS

Purpose

The purpose of the group fellowship is to provide participants with the necessary knowledge and skill in order to identify and manage risk in radiotherapy medical physics; handle the documentation, reporting and reviewing of accidents and near-incidents; develop procedures based on lessons learned; and perform regular internal peer review and auditing of their own radiotherapy medical physics practices. The training is also pertinent to regulatory body staff who have responsibilities for the control of radiation therapy medical exposure in their country.

Topics

  • The Radiotherapy Process
  • Clinical consequences of RT accidents
  • Accidents in radiotherapy
  • What to do when an accident occurs
  • Reporting of accidents and incidents
  • Introduction to Quality and Safety
  • Process Maps
  • Failure Modes and Effects Analysis
  • Human Factors
  • Root cause analysis
  • Statistical Process Control
  • Incident learning
  • Checklists
  • Preventive Measures
  • Quality Management
  • Improvements on safety
  • Recent IAEA efforts in safety
  • IAEA Audits and accident prevention
  • Improving Quality and Safety: The Clinician’s Perspective
  • Accidents in RT using Imaging Equipment
  • The RPC Quality Audit Program and other international programs
  • Staffing levels, training, communication
  • Establishment of a QA management program that includes safety
  • Group Exercise and Discussion

Background Information

Cancer is a leading cause of death globally. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 7.6 million people died of cancer in 2005, and that 70% of the global cancer death toll is carried by low and middle income countries. Global incidence is expected to rise from 11 million new cases in 2005 to 16 million in 2020. Radiotherapy is an important component of treatment for over 50% of cancer patients in high income countries, and the need for radiotherapy is even greater in low and middle income countries, where patients present with cancer in advanced stages. Radiotherapy equipment alone, however, cannot answer the increasing need for treating growing numbers of cancer patients. To achieve maximum impact, the transfer of radiotherapy technology must be a part of a broader cancer control strategy that includes prevention, early detection, earlier diagnosis of the common cancers and access to treatment and palliation.

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