October 2008, Volume 38 Number 10 , p 22 - 22
Pullen, Richard L. Jr. RN, EdD
Issue: Volume 38(10), October 2008, p 22 Publication Type: [Department: upFront: CLINICAL DO'S & DON'TS] Publisher: © 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Institution(s): Richard L. Pullen, Jr., is a professor of nursing at Amarillo (Tex.) College and a member of the Nursing2008 editorial advisory board. Each month, Clinical Do's & Don'ts illustrates key clinical points for a common nursing procedure. Because of space constraints, it's not comprehensive.
MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING (MRI) uses a powerful magnetic field to obtain images of the patient's body for diagnostic purposes. Missing a contraindication for MRI could cause a serious injury or death. Follow your facility's policies; for instance, by completing an MRI checklist. Make certain that the patient has given informed consent. Here's how to prepare your patient.
DO * Take the patient's history and perform a thorough head-to-toe assessment. If she has ...