Predictably, the American College of Radiology (ACR) has issued a press release in response to yesterday's release U.S. Pharmacopeia (UPS) about medication errors in radiology. After calling the study "incomplete, inaccurate," the ACR said the study could, "cause needless alarm for patients." Rather than argue the facts, the ACR raises the issue context:
missing from the USP claims, stating that of the more than 2.5 billion
imaging procedures that took place from 2000-2004, the report only
cites 2,030 which represents an error rate of just 0.00008 percent.
This rate, ACR states, is 3,700 times better than the lowest
hospital-wide medication error rate of 0.3 percent.
Adding insult to injury, the ACR notes that the vast majority of catherizations are done by those cowboy cardiologists and not radiologists. The RSNA gets a bit defensive, noting that the medication
errors addressed in the USP report "don't relate specifically to
radiology, or at least are not under a radiology department's control."