Risk factors for radiotherapy incidents and impact of an online electronic reporting system Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: To ascertain the rate, type, significance, trends and the potential risk factors associated with radiotherapy incidents in a large academic department. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data for all radiotherapy activities from July 2001 to January 2011 were reviewed from radiotherapy incident reporting forms. Patient and treatment data were obtained from the radiotherapy record and verification database (MOSAIQ) and the patient database (HOSPRO). Logistic regression analyses were performed to determine variables associated with radiotherapy incidents. RESULTS: In that time, 65,376 courses of radiotherapy were delivered with a reported incident rate of 2.64 per 100 courses. The rate of incidents per course increased (1.96 per 100 courses to 3.52 per 100 courses, p<0.001) whereas the proportion of reported incidents resulting in >5% deviation in dose (10.50 to 2.75%, p<0.001) had decreased after the introduction of an online electronic reporting system. The following variables were associated with an increased rate of incidents: afternoon treatment time, paediatric patients, males, inpatients, palliative plans, head-and-neck, skin, sarcoma and haematological malignancies. In general, complex plans were associated with higher incidence rates. CONCLUSION: Radiotherapy incidents were infrequent and most did not result in significant dose deviation. A number of risk factors were identified and these could be used to highlight high-risk cases in the future. Introduction of an online electronic reporting system resulted in a significant increase in the number of incidents being reported.

authors

  • Chang, DW
  • Cheetham, L
  • Te Marvelde, L
  • Bressel, M
  • Kron, T
  • Gill, S
  • Tai, KH
  • Ball, D
  • Rose, W
  • Silva, L
  • Foroudi, F

publication date

  • 2014