Caring in patients undergoing contrast enhanced computed tomography
Keywords:contrast media, computed tomography, care for patients receiving contrast agents, patient safety
Iodinated Contrast Medium (ICM) is necessary and useful for differentiating the organs being examined from nearby organs. Although they rarely occur, ICM can cause adverse effects in patients, which may be life-threatening. Preventing the risk of using ICM can be done at any step of procedure from before, during and after the contrast medium injection. If the medical staffs have knowledge and a good understanding of ICM, patients will receive high quality care and safety. This article summarizes knowledge from various related sources, combined with the work experience of authors in order to apply appropriate operational guidelines for patient safety. Moreover, it may also increase the confidence for practitioners and patients to utilize ICM.
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