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April 2011–New Members

The staff and members of AHRA warmly welcome the following new members!

Pamela Alderman, Dallas, TX
Charles Anderson, Dallas, TX
Gail Botts, Raleigh, NC
Ginger Connor, Fishers, IN
Kathleen Crean, Summerland, CA
Shawn Dapp, Trumbull, CT
Erica Figueroa, Carrollton, TX
Nichole Goddard, Indianapolis, IN
Karla Gustafsson, Wenatchee, WA
Jayne Harris, Sparta, WI
Diamantina Harvey, Frisco, TX
Cheryl Johnson, League City, TX
Jeff Kerk, Stratford, ON Canada
Paula Klein, Kinnelon, NJ
Walter Limbacher, Northridge, CA
Kenneth McCart, Portland, OR
Christina McSpedden, Dallas, TX
Jennifer Sahagen, Glendale, CA
Amanda Seib, Noblesville, IN
Trisha Sumner, Raleigh, NC
Teresa Thornton, Royse City, TX
Debra Trammell, Port Lavaca, TX
Karyn Wallace, Morgantown, WV
Shayla Watson, Dallas, TX
Lori Williams, Dallas, TX
James Willman, Dallas, TX
Terri Wyly, Dallas, TX
Dan Butler, Uniontown, PA

Do you know someone who can benefit from an AHRA membership? Let us know! Send the contact information to our membership department at If your referral joins, you’ll be listed here as well!

Online Institute Feature

AHRA Quick Credit: Medical Malpractice Tort Reform
By David M. Ottenwess, Esq, Meagan A. Lamberti, Esq, Stephanie P. Ottenwess, Esq, and Adrienne D. Dresevic, Esq

An overview of the tort system is detailed in order to provide a better understanding of the practical evolution of medical malpractice litigation and its proposed reforms. Rising premiums and defensive medicine are also discussed.

Click here to view this and other archived webinars, Quick Credit articles, Professional Development Series textbook chapters, and conference sessions, as well as to take the associated CE exams.

From the Forum

Below is a recent discussion:

“For hospital based MRI units. Do any of you have dedicated nurse or EMT coverage in your MRI for patient monitoring on routine contrast
patients? We had a patient with contrast reaction with not so great
outcome and the answer was you need an EMT or a nurse there all the time just in case.

–Paul Dubiel


— No, we do not. In the event of a problem, we call rapid response or the code team. Then we get the patient out of the MR environment to minimize potential MR safety errors. We keep a contrast reaction box at hand. I don’t see an EMT type of coverage being any better.

— Our MRI is in the same general area as our CTs; the procedure nurses cover both areas Monday thru Friday. Weekends it’s just the tech and the radiologist. If an emergency arises either way rapid response/code is called.

— No, there is no reason to have a “dedicated” nurse there anymore than you would need one in the room while you are doing IVP or other
contrast procedure. I think they are over reacting to something that
could occur anywhere at any time (less often in MRI with

— We do not have a nurse or EMT for these cases. Our MR unit is located beside ED and our policy is to utilize rapid response team first and take to ED if more serious.

— Only our MRI techs are there for contrast injections. They call “rapid
response” or “code blue,” depending on the severity of the reaction, and pull the patient out into the hallway for treatment. It usually takes
less than 30 seconds to get the patient out into the hallway, and our
response teams usually respond in less than 2 minutes.

To read more of this conversation and for more information about the AHRA Forum, click here.

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