ASRT Foundation, Toshiba Medical Announce Grant Recipients

Mary Washington Hospital and Union Health-Union Hospital will both receive Safety FiRsT grants to implement safety initiatives that will elevate technologist safety in the workplace. Launched in 2015 by the ASRT Foundation and Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc., the Safety FiRsT program awards two ASRT members per year a grant of up to $7,000 each to improve radiologic technologist safety in their departments.

This year’s recipients are:

  • Ericka Lasley, R.T.(R), who applied on behalf of Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Va. The grant will be used to purchase lightweight and lead-free aprons that provide 20 percent more protection than standard lead-based equivalents. The new aprons will provide a more ergonomically correct fit as well as help to alleviate neck, shoulder and back fatigue and pain due to their lighter weight. The hospital will conduct in-service training on the new lead-free alternative and improved protection to ensure proper use, care and storage of the aprons. They are purchasing a range of apron sizes to accommodate all members of the staff.
  • Meghan Whittaker, R.T.(R), who applied on behalf of Union Health-Union Hospital in Terre Haute, Ind. The grant will be used to purchase an MRI safe cart. The cart will raise and lower for proper positioning of the patient and proper ergonomics for the technologist, thus reducing employee injuries during patient transfer and positioning. The grant will also facilitate in-service training on proper cart-to-table transfers, wheelchair-to-bed transfers and gait-belt transfers, as well as the purchase of Safety Essentials continuing education modules for radiologic technologist staff members. In addition, the organization’s fitness center employees will speak to team members about the importance of core strength in relation to patient transfers and also help employees increase their core strength.

Now in its third year, the Safety FiRsT program is helping health care facilities to create safer work environments for radiologic technologists.

The ASRT Foundation and Toshiba Medical Safety FiRsT grants are funded by a grant from Toshiba Medical.