Information relating to radiation exposure did not always form part of the patient’s dental record.
HIQA recently published the first dental radiation inspection reports. Inspectors noted that good levels of compliance, or substantial compliance, with the regulations were found in all four dental practices assessed.
However, there were areas for improvement mentioned in all inspections. For example, in three out of the four inspections, there was an absence of available written protocols on the conduct of standard x-ray procedures. Another frequent finding was that information relating to radiation exposure did not always form part of the patient’s dental record.
Dr Jane Renehan of Dental Compliance Ltd says: “The recently published reports were very thorough in the level of assessment carried out by HIQA inspectors”.
Jane observed an emphasis on four specific regulated areas:
- practice governance and management arrangements;
- medical physics expert (MPE) and diagnostic reference levels (DRLs);
- written protocols for every type of standard procedure; and,
- education, information and training.
HIQA has indicated that in the coming weeks dental practices will start to receive their individual self-assessment questionnaires. This process will be rolled out nationally throughout 2021. Jane explains that the first step in this process happens when the practice will be contacted by HIQA to grant access to an online portal. Once this is established, a s