ISRRT Position Statement:

The Supply, Preparation and Administration of Contrast Media to Patients by Radiographers/Radiological Technologists

 

The ISRRT considers the administration of contrast agents within the scope of practice for radiographers/radiological technologists subject to their demonstration of appropriate educational preparation leading to clinical competency where the administration of contrast agents is permissible by regulation/national law.

 

Background:

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.

 

 

References

 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  

https://www.sor.org/learning/document-library/course-study-certification-competence-administering-intravenous-injections