MRI’s sliding through the cracks

By: November 26th, 2008 Email This Post Print This Post

Even with all the hype over preventing MRSA, MRI-suites are managing to escape the thorough attention that other parts of the hospital are getting.

The reason? Housekeeping staff and most cleaning equipment are prohibited from the MRI-suite because of the strong magnetic fields that have led to accidents in the past. The drawback is an MRI machine that could be harboring MRSA, according to the paper Preventing Infection in MRI: Best Practices for Infection by Peter Rothschild, MD, which was published on

According to the paper the MRI machines pose a variety of difficulties besides the fact that cleaning crews are prohibited. Cleaning the inside of the machine means a crew member must crawl inside the long bore and clean it by hand, but that also exposes the person to any potential infections. Rothschild says the best way to clean the inside is to use a long cleaning tool with a sponge attached at the end.

Do you face the same problem? How does your facility deal with cleaning the MRI-suite? Leave us some suggestions in the space below.


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