Lost X‐ray films waste time, delay treatment, and may necessitate a patient being exposed to further radiation. Audit of a 132‐bed orthopaedic and trauma department over a 2‐month period showed that 16 patients' X‐ray films were lost. Fifteen (93%) had been stored in anonymous polythene packets. Only 5 (31%) were found within half an hour, and a mean of 67 minutes' working time was occupied locating each one. Recognition of why and where they were lost reduced the number of losses.
Livesey FRCS, J.P., Berry, P., Cossham, T., Hodgson, D. and Monk, J.P. (1996), "An audit of lost X‐ray films on orthopaedic and trauma wards", Journal of Clinical Effectiveness, Vol. 1 No. 2, pp. 57-58. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb020838
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