UW HEALTH CLINICAL POLICY 1
Policy Title: Assuring MRI Compatible Aneurysm Clips
Policy Number: 2.3.9
Category: UW Health
Effective Date: August 8, 2016
To verify that all neuro aneurysm clips currently being provided are non-magnetic. Magnetic aneurysm clips
(i.e. those placed over five years ago) may shift in the patient during subsequent exposure to Magnetic
Resonance Imaging (MRI).
II. POLICY ELEMENTS
A. All purchasing specifications for neuro aneurysm clips will include non-magnetic properties.
B. Prior to placing aneurysm clips in the set for sterile processing, the neuro magnet will be passed over the
clip to check for magnetic response. Magnetic clips will be removed and returned to the company.
C. The Neurosurgery Inventory Control Specialist will be responsible for performing the magnetic check after
clips are received from the vendor.
D. Aneurysm clips implanted will be documented in the Clinical Record (refer to Surgical Services departmental
policy #2.10, Documentation for the Care of the Patient in the Operating Room).
Author: Director, Surgical Services Departments
Senior Management Sponsor: SVP, Patient Care Services and CNO
Reviewers: Chair, Neurosurgery Department; Surgical Services Supervisor; Inventory Control Specialist
Approval committees: Surgical Services Policy and Procedure Committee; UW Health Clinical Policy
UW Health Clinical Policy Committee Approval: July 18, 2016
UW Health is a cohesive, united and integrated academic medical enterprise comprised of several entities.
This policy applies to facilities and programs operated by the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics
and the University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation, Inc., and to clinical facilities and programs
administered by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Each entity is
responsible for enforcement of this policy in relation to the facilities and programs that it operates.
Peter Newcomer, MD
UW Health Chief Medical Officer
J. Scott McMurray, MD
Chair, UW Health Clinical Policy Committee
V. REVIEW DETAILS
Next Revision Due: August 2019
Formerly Known as: Surgical Services departmental policy #2.32