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Guidelines and Standards

Clinical practice guidelines endorsed by the Canadian Association for Interventional Radiology (CAIR) seek to define practice principles that should assist physicians in producing high quality medical care.  These guidelines are not mandatory.  Physicians may deviate from them, as required by specific circumstances, such as the patient’s situation and available resources.
These guidelines should not be deemed inclusive of all proper methods of care or exclusive of other methods of care that are reasonably directed towards the same result.  Other sources of information may be used in conjunction with these principles to produce a process leading to high quality medical care.  The ultimate judgment regarding the conduct of any specific procedure or course of management must be made by the physician, who should consider all circumstances relevant to the individual clinical situation.
Adherence to the SIR Quality Improvement Program will not assure a successful outcome in every situation.  It is prudent to document the rationale for any deviation from the suggested guidelines in department policies and procedures or in the patient’s medical record.

The above mentioned guidelines are co-authored by the Canadian Interventional Radiology Association (CAIR), if you wish to see more guidelines, please visit or the Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR).

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