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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