Risk Management

Fluorescein Angiography: Preventing and Responding to Complications

Fluorescein angiography (FA) is a diagnostic procedure. A photographer takes a rapid sequence of photographs of the blood vessels in the retina and choroid (the back of the eye). The dye is usually injected into a vein in the arm, forearm, or hand. While generally well tolerated, angiography is an invasive procedure with risks. The most severe risk, while rare, is of a life-threatening allergic reaction. Here are some risk management recommendations to help you and your staff members prevent and better respond to the risks of the procedure. Issues addressed in Fluorescein Angiography Recommendations and Consent include delegation of tasks, informed consent, emergency response equipment, and management of complications.

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