Kopp Development introduces its latest MR safety innovation, FerrAlert Encompass, to comply with Joint Commission requirements

Press releases may be edited for formatting or style | March 27, 2019 MRI
Kopp Development Inc., the leading manufacturer of ferromagnetic detectors for MRI Safety, FerrAlert™, is proud to announce the most comprehensive safety solution, FerrAlert™ Encompass. This combination of multiple products automatically detects and logs unintended ferromagnetic objects entering Zone IV. It is the only system that provides a photographic stream and does not require manual logging, allowing the technologists to perform uninterrupted patient care without wasting time with self-reporting. The data analysis software allows for effortless generation of reports for The Joint Commission inspections. It also allows for analysis of safety trends that can be shared throughout the entire hospital system.

All FerrAlert™ products are regarded as the most accurate and reliable systems on the market, due to their unique, patented technology to detect and precisely locate offending ferrous objects. This timesaving feature makes them the preferred choice by hospitals and imaging centers worldwide.

In the "Revised Requirements for Diagnostic Imaging Services" that took effect on July 1st, 2015, The Joint Commission recognizes the need for documenting ferromagnetic materials entering Zone IV (the MRI scanner room).
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The Standard PI.01.01.01 of the new The Joint Commission document states:

"A 47. The [critical access] hospital collects data on the following:

● Incidents where ferromagnetic objects unintentionally entered the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner room

● Injuries resulting from the presence of ferromagnetic objects in the MRI scanner room"

To assist MRI providers with The Joint Commission compliance, Kopp Development realized that an automatic method of documenting ferromagnetic incidents is needed. This method must allow for independent documentation and analysis of an incident and provide an unbiased photographic log to facilitate corrective actions.

The logging and report generating features of FerrAlert™ Encompass have been specifically created to help MRI providers to comply with The Joint Commission requirements. In addition, it is a great tool to assist with internal Root Case Analyses.

After seeing the FerrAlert™ Encompass system at RSNA, MRI Safety experts Wm. Faulkner, B.S., R.T.(R)(MR)(CT), FSMRT, MRSO (MRSC™) and Kristan Harrington, MBA, R.T.(R)(MR), MRSO (MRSC™) of William Faulkner & Associates, LLC. released this statement: "Near incidents in MR facilities are often ignored. However, the number and types of near incidents can be symptoms of serious MR safety problems. Consistent and accurate reporting, documentation/logging of MR incidents, and in particular near incidents, is an essential step toward improving safety in MRI."

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