29 Mar 3 Reasons to Schedule an Annual Review for your X-Ray or Laser Equipment
When it comes to meeting compliance rules and regulations regarding x-ray use, most professionals don’t have the time to verify if they are keeping up with all necessary documentation. It can be challenging to keep up with the demands of your office as well as keeping up with all of the additional paperwork and making sure your equipment is working correctly. Staff changes, overloaded desks, and busy schedules can all cause a piece of paperwork to be lost, or a required protocol to be forgotten in the shuffle.
The good news is, with an annual review, we can verify that you are not only keeping up with all of your necessary documentation and that your practice or facility is operating safely, but also keep you up to date with any state changes to compliance.
Here are three of the top reasons why you need to schedule your annual review today.
- Rules Change
The state rules and regulations governing x-ray equipment are continually being changed and updated. Unfortunately, most offices aren’t made aware of when these changes occur. With an annual review, you can make sure that you are compliant with all of the changes that have occurred in your state and that you not at risk of violating any of the new policies. For example, in the state of Texas, the current dental rules are currently being reviewed. The state is proposing new changes that will go into effect shortly if/when they are approved.
- New Staff
When new staff members join your team, it is important to ensure they are properly trained and that they are operating at a level that will allow them to work directly with the state inspector during an inspection. Procedures and policies can be a lot for any new staff member to take on. An annual review of your training protocols will allow us to set up procedures that are duplicable for your staff to properly train existing employees as well as future employees that will pass a state inspection.
- Keeping Your Equipment Up-to-Date
The state offers guidelines on how to maintain your X-ray and Laser equipment. If you have equipment changes, your units must be tested through Equipment Performance Evaluations (EPE’s) and your documents along with your x-ray certificate of registration will need to be amended. An annual review is a great place to start evaluating the performance of your equipment. Many offices who want to keep their new, state-of-the-art equipment running at its best or who are bringing in new equipment will typically schedule these reviews even more frequently.
Of course, in addition to making sure that your practice is following protocols and your equipment is running correctly, an annual review can also make sure that you are ready if a state board inspector comes in unannounced and conducts an inspection. Failing to be up-to-date with all of your x-ray or laser equipment and procedures is one of the primary ways that businesses end up with hefty fines and violations.
If you are looking for more information on scheduling your annual x-ray or laser equipment review, contact the experts at iRad to request a quote or schedule a date. Give us a call!