(c)EMPOWERING THE PATIENT IN RADIOLOGY- WHAT IT MUST MEAN TO THE PEOPLE( PATIENT) .
(c) Excerpt from book- Diagnostic Discussions- Ras Cardo.
Over the years most of those who work in the field of radiology and radiologic technology in healthcare have done so in the shadows.
The general populus still remain confused, anxious and often fearful when they are sent to have imaging studies( Radiology procedures) done( in the x-ray departments) of our hospitals or clinics.
While there are several reasons as to the nature of this often overlooked and most important part of caring for the patient, it is not my intent to point any fingers at anyone or at any institution.
This is the year -2013- and we are a nation who likes to think that we are the setters of trends to which the rest of the world must follow. We talk proudly about the quality of our healthcare often comparing it to those in other industrialized nations such as Canada, China, Japan, and parts of Europe. Third world nations have a hard time keeping up with us.
The experiences of over 40 plus years has shown me many things about the field of -Diagnostic Radiology/ Diagnostic Radiologic technology/ x-ray/ Radiographic Imaging sciences, both on the national as well as the international level. I have shared what I know with others both in and out of the profession, as well as educating those who seek my help.
To these ends I have written books and articles in explaining the basics of who we are and what we do. Some years ago I released the books- WHO IS TAKING YOUR X-RAYS, and -X-RAY EXPOSURES OF A DIFFERENT KIND. Recently I have completed another- DIAGNOSTIC DISCUSSIONS- together with numerous timely articles apertaining to our profession in several radiology and related journals such as the Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography(JDMS).
Not long ago I participated in an online help to others on the New York Times site www.Allexperts.com as a radiology technology professional. All this and more was done to educate the people as we try to heal the people. This is my personal mission.
My mission was simple: to help people to understand the nature of what is being done to their person, to get their informed consent to proceed with the procedures, and to educate so as to empower them to care better about themselves. When you empower someone, you enable them to take control over what affects them and their person. It is an authorization for caring as far as health is concerned.
For many years I had seen where people were sent for examinations in radiology and were at a total lost as to why the studies were ordered by their doctors. Then they would have the difficulties related to the ascertaining of the reports and to finally get an explanation and understanding as to what it revealed.
I took it upon myself as my mission to heal and to help others because I have been a patient many times over. I have seen the frustrations from both sides of the fence. I have also been like a filter, catching many radiology mistakes before they get any further causing harm to the patient and the facility. This also included mistakes ordered ordered on my person.
Where I have seen the profession lacking or slipping in care to others, I have boldly make it my task to do whatever I can to help care for others. The road has not been an easy one because the way the systems works oftentimes do not see eye to eye with those who truly want to make things better for all. THIS REMAINS A GRAVE PROBLEM FOR THOSE WHO TRULY WORK FROM THE HEART CARING FOR OTHERS.
So here we are in the year 2013- and we still have many crises affecting radiology professionals in this country. There is an -IDENTITY CRISES, and also what I would call one affecting- OUR STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES OF PATIENT CARE. I have said these things before in my writings, and again- the patient must be educated as to what we are doing to help them. This means respecting and addressing their concerns as to health. WE CANNOT BE TOO BUSY OR DISTRACTED TO HELP.
Most hospitals will readily boast about their efforts of patient care, and to having the best doctors and health professionals, but what does the public actually know. What is the truth?
For years the field of radiology and radiologic technology in this country has ran so fast with its technology that it had totally forgotten to take time to educate and show some humanity to the human person i.e. the patient.
Would it surprise you to hear that I have been neglected at places to which I went for medical care? The only difference in my case is- I will do something about it, and I know how to. This is what the average person as a patient do not have access to. I try to help them not to have the problems I know is endemic in my profession.
When I work with the patient, it is my total effort to make sure that their difficulties and burdens are lessened, not worst, after they leave my presence.
How many of you have read about those who seek profit before patient care? There are so many problems associated with this way of thinking that I would not dare to attempt to explain at this juncture. However, Let me say this to those who are still not able to know who we are and what we do. I will attempt to put it simple:
RADIOLOGIST- This is a medical doctor who has become specialized in the reading and interpretation of x-rays and other diagnostic procedures such as CT, MRI, Ultrasound, PET, Mammograms, Nuclear medicine scans etc.
RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGIST/RADIOGRAPHER- Professional who performs procedures which may be diagnostic or therapeutic with the radiologist in obtaining the images required for the interpretation by the radiologist as to your medical condition.
I must also say this: Medicine has drifted away from the closeness with which a doctor can safely and assuredly care for his/her patients, and the technology has caused much separation and alienation of affections between the doctor and patient relationships. This once secure and trusting relationship has been shattered by greed which introduces recklessness and callous indifference to those who would dare to care.
For those who will read this and shake their heads in an affront to what truths I reveal, I will say to them, you would not see it here if I did not have the evidence to support it. I am one who also walk the road of the patient. Caring for others to me goes beyond any monetary compensation. All I ask is that you help me to help others. I speak- SALUS POPULI. (c) All rights reserved globally.