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Patient Care and Research

Patient Safety

Patient safety is of the utmost concern to radiation oncologists and safety considerations are woven into all aspects of clinical practice. The field of radiation oncology is complex and rapidly evolving, and the safe delivery of radiation therapy requires the coordinated efforts of the entire radiation oncology team.

RO-ILS and APEx 5 Year Reports

ASTRO released program reports regarding its safety and quality initatives. The RO-ILS in Review: First Five Years of Experience report describes accomplishments and programmatic changes (e.g., new data elements, new internal triage mechanism for event review by RO-HAC) as well as the importance of internal event review. APEx in Review: Five Years of Dedication to Quality Improvement, highlights the reduction made to the accreditation timeline as a result of programmatic improvements and evidence indicators with low compliance. To learn more contact ASTRO staff about RO-ILS and/or APEx.

Safety is No Accident 2019 The comprehensive reference guide, Safety is No Accident: A Framework for Quality Radiation Oncology and Care, was updated in 2019 to reflect the many recent efforts undertaken by radiation oncology specialty societies to improve quality and safety.
RO-ILS The mission of RO-ILS is to facilitate safer and higher quality care in radiation oncology by providing a mechanism for shared learning in a secure and non-punitive environment.
Target Safely Target Safely focuses ASTRO’s resources on improving patient safety and reducing the chances of medical errors during radiation therapy treatments.
Radiation Disaster Management Radiation oncologists have a civic duty to become principal resources in emergency preparedness measures in the event of a nuclear/radiologic incident or disaster.