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We made it a habit to bring chairs into the room but
kept them at “x” distance. The
story was after the procedure the patient pulled the chair closer while
getting up. The chair was pulled to the magnet. The
tech went to get assistance to pull the chair off and enlisted the
help of a transporter who decided to start pulling before everyone
was assembled. The chair flipped up and in and history was made.
This happened on the 3-11 shift. The next morning all were assembled to
brainstorm. Maintenance drilled a hole in the concrete and placed an eye
screw. A winch was located outside the room and with a nylon rope
the chair was pulled off. After GE‘s assessment and okay, we were
up and running by noon or 1pm! We were impressed that this was accomplished
without a quench and significant downtime.
The shroud was cracked and the head coil was damaged; both replaced at a
later time. The patient was not injured.
After 20 years
and no accidents, our policy was immediately changed to stop allowing the chairs
into the scan room. We recognize we were VERY lucky in many respects.