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News and briefs: Surgery center fined for letting nurses operate radiological equipment

Credentialing Resource Center Insider, March 23, 2012

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Rush SurgiCenter in Illinois was recently fined $2,000 by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency for allowing two unlicensed operating room nurses to operate C-arms devices. Only professionals licensed under the state’s Medical Practice Act are allowed to operate radiologic equipment.

According to an article in Outpatient Surgery, the emergency management agency made unannounced visits to the surgery center after receiving a complaint from a former registered nurse at Rush about the nurses operating the equipment. Although nothing illegal was witnessed during the site visits, staff members admitted during interviews that it had happened in the past.

 

“It appears they just got caught in a staffing bind,” says Donald Agnew, chief of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency's electronic products section, about why unlicensed professionals were operating the equipment. He added that the surgery center has fixed staffing issues to make a radiologic technologist available for procedures that require using a C-arm.



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