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CSF presents “Hydrocephalus”

Dr. Mazzola giving a presentation


Dr. Catherine Mazzola discusses what hydrocephalus is, how it is diagnosed and treated in children and how she and a team of fellow expert neurosurgeons were able to develop clinical guidelines for treatment of pediatric hydrocephalus at the first CSF Chapter lecture in Morristown, New Jersey. This lecture was jointly presented by Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation and the New Jersey Pediatric Neuroscience Institute. Thank you to all who were involved in putting this together!
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Safe Imaging Collaborative for Pediatric Patients

Institute for Quality & Patient Safety

The NJ Hospital Association (NJHA) Institute for Quality and Patient Safety, working with the N.J. Council of Children’s Hospitals, is kicking off a collaborative effort to reduce exposure to ionizing radiation for children by reducing the use of computed tomography (CT) scans in instances of head injuries. NJHA encourages all hospitals to join the collaborative.

All emergency department staff have been counseled to participate in the collaborative and to use other means of imaging in place of CT scans unless it is an absolute emergency situation.  Emergency department staff have also been counseled on ordering unnecessary CT scans on patients who are neurologically intact. In these situations, observation is the recommended treatment.

Dr. Mazzola and her staff at the New Jersey Pediatric Neuroscience Institute support the collaborative to reduce unnecessary radiation exposure in pediatric patients and have been actively involved with the education process.  Dr. Mazzola and the staff at NJPNI recommend avoiding any unnecessary ionizing radiation if possible.

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