January 14, 2016

Annual lead shielding inspections scheduling deadline is tomorrow

Vanderbilt’s Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences will provide courtesy annual lead shielding inspections every Thursday from mid-January to mid-May from 3:30 to approximately 9 p.m.

The Tennessee Department of Health and Environment, Radiological Health Division, requires inspection of personal protective lead shielding.  VUMC requires lead shielding be inspected visually and fluoroscopically annually.

Also, lead shielding inspections are a high priority with the Joint Commission, as evidenced by their July visit, as well as are verified during timely Environment of Care (EOC) Surveys by VEHS, Environment of Care Teams.

Effective June 1, there will be a per-piece inspection fee for personal protective lead shielding, except newly purchased lead shielding, not inspected during the January – May 2016 annual inspection period.

Appointments for the inspection must be made no later than Jan. 15.  To schedule an appointment, contact David Martin at 615-343-0200, 835-5600 (pager) or at david.martin@vanderbilt.edu.