Clinically Speaking

March 2020

Highlighting the important work of the faculty in the University of Colorado School of Medicine to improve care delivery, clinical quality and patient safety.  

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      l-r, Paul Price, Justin Honce, Amber Seeman, Nancy Pritchard

l-r, Jill Chuita, Katherine Bushur, Darwin Roth, Beth English

In this issue, we profile two initiatives that are making magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) safer and more accessible. As a large magnet, an MRI is safe for human tissue but can be dangerous in the presence of ferromagnetic metal objects.  

The first article tells about the work of Justin Honce, MD, and his team at University of Colorado Hospital, who are making MRIs safe for people with pacemakers, defibrillators, metal rods and other foreign materials in their bodies. The next article tells the story of an interdisciplinary team at Children’s Hospital Colorado who reduced the number of ferromagnetic metal objects entering the area near the MRI machine, making MRIs safer for children and their families—and earning CHCO the praise of nationally known MRI safety expert Tobias Gilk.   

As always, our clinicians are learning, growing, innovating and pushing the limits of medicine to make healthcare better and safer for Coloradans.

Anne Fuhlbrigge, MD, MS
Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs

Clinically Speaking Newsroom

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    Eliminate Risk – Expand Care

    Mar 19, 2020 by Clinical Affairs
    A man is shot, and doctors at University of Colorado Hospital need to do an MRI to determine the best course of treatment. The only problem? The bullet is still lodged in his body, making an MRI potentially unsafe. Thanks to the work of Justin Honce, MD, Assistant Professor, Radiology-Neuroradiology, and his colleagues, getting the MRI is now possible.
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    Making MRIs Safer for Our Youngest Patients

    Mar 19, 2020 by Clinical Affairs
    If you will be anywhere near an MRI machine, you would do well to remember two things. First, the MRI is a very large and strong magnet. Second, it’s always on.
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    The New Year Brings new UCHealth Epic Functionality to Residents and Fellows

    Mar 20, 2020 by Clinical Affairs
    Starting January 6, 2020, all residents and fellows without a DEA number have been able to electronically prescribe controlled substances (EPCS) to internal UCHealth pharmacies. EPCS requires dual authentication ...
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    Is Your Patient Really Allergic to Penicillin

    Nov 1, 2019 by Clinical Affairs
    Penicillin may not be a new or flashy drug, but it’s still a lifesaver. Anjeli Kalra, MD, and Kirstin Carel, MD, are making sure people don’t avoid it unnecessarily.
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