How to protect orthopedic practice staff from radiation: 5 AAOE notes

Practice Management

The American Alliance of Orthopaedic Executives highlighted how to protect orthopedic practice staff from radiation in the course of their employment.

Here are five things to know:


1. Orthopedic practices utilize digital imaging systems now more than ever.


2. Four important elements practitioners should be aware of include:


  • Radiation safety training
  • Personnel monitoring
  • Quality control
  • Radiation protection programs


3. Clinical staff must receive adequate training to protect themselves from radiation.


4. AAOE recommends practices establish an x-ray machine quality control program and emphasize the need for training, personnel monitoring program and quality control through a Radiation Protection Program.


5. RPP and other required safety program elements may be outsourced to organizations with on-staff medical physicists ready to establish and assist in radiation safety activities.


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