ISRRT Position Statement:
The Supply, Preparation and Administration of Contrast Media to Patients by Radiographers/Radiological Technologists
Radiographers/Radiological Technologists following their education and training will obtain a thorough understanding and knowledge of the identification, preparation, calculation, documentation, administration and patient monitoring related to the administration of contrast agents. Such education and training also includes knowledge of indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions, proper use and adverse reactions for the safe use of contrast agents.
Radiographers/Radiological Technologists should be competent following their education and training to observe patients for possible complications and adverse reactions following the administration of contrast agents and respond appropriately with agreed interventions to such complications in conjunction with other available staff including a physician.
All health care facility policies are developed to ensure that safety and quality is obtained to include both independent practices as well as hospital settings.
The ISRRT promotes the scope of practice for the administration of contrast agents by Radiographers/Radiological Technologists in the delivery of safe, cost-effective and high quality diagnostic imaging services.
ACR Manual on Contrast Media- 2015, http://www.acr.org/~/media/ACR/Documents/PDF/QualitySafety/Resources/Contrast%20Manual/2015_Contrast_Media.pdf
The Practice Standards for Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy- Radiography Practice Standards, 2015 http://www.asrt.org/docs/default-source/practice-standards-published/ps_rad.pdf?sfvrsn=2
Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Technologist Section, Nuclear Medicine technologist scope of practice and performance standards, 2014 http://www.snmmi.org/files/docs/hpra/NMT%20SOP%20Clinical%20Performance%20Standards%20June%202014.pdf
RCR (Facility of Clinical Radiology) - Standards for intravascular contrast administration to adult patients- Third edition https://www.rcr.ac.uk/sites/default/files/Intravasc_contrast_web.pdf
Society of Radiographers (UK) – Course of Study of for the Certification of Competence in Administrating Intravenous Injections