Radiation Protection During Mobile Exams

Radiation Protection During Mobile Exams

Do you wear a lead apron during portable exams? I have found in my years of experience as a radiologic technologist that practices vary from one radiologic technologist to the next.  Of course, we utilize some form of radiation protection when it comes to using a c-arm for mobile fluoroscopy in the operating room.  Fewer […]

Gold Standard Cleaning For X-Ray Aprons & Lead Wearables

Gold Standard Cleaning For X-Ray Aprons & Lead Wearables

What Does Gold Standard Cleaning Look Like For X-Ray Aprons And Lead Wearables? Thus far in this lead apron based blog series, we have examined the infection issues and concerns associated with contaminated lead x-ray aprons and the science behind how staff members can easily test such surfaces for contamination using ATP testing. This third […]

How Do I Select The Right Laser Eye Protection?

How Do I Select The Right Laser Eye Protection?

LASER stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Lasers emit a narrow beam of light and that beam of light is emitted in short bursts and focuses precisely on the desired target. The energy emitted by the laser can be absorbed, scattered, transmitted or reflected. When used in medical procedures, lasers transmit most […]

Evaluating Microorganism Levels On X-Ray Aprons And Lead Wearables: The Science Of ATP Testing

Evaluating Microorganism Levels On X-Ray Aprons And Lead Wearables: The Science Of ATP Testing

How Have Microorganisms and Bioburden Been Measured? In the previous blog post regarding X-Ray lead aprons, we explored the history of healthcare associated infections or HAIs, and how transmission risks are posed to patients and staff via contaminated “high touch, non-critical surfaces,” including X-Ray aprons and protective lead wearables.  In laying out the content of […]

Contaminated X-Ray Aprons And The Risk Of HAIs

Contaminated X-Ray Aprons And The Risk Of HAIs

Contaminated, Dangerous, and Unacceptable: The Impact of Contaminated X-Ray Aprons and the Risk of Health Care-Associated Infections (HAIs) Infection Prevention checklists today include many new areas of concern such as contamination in lab coats, neckties, telephones, remote controls, privacy curtains and more. X-ray aprons and protective lead wearables are worn throughout many different areas within a […]

Laser Safety Glasses: The Ugly Truth About Laser Radiation Exposure

Laser Safety Glasses: The Ugly Truth About Laser Radiation Exposure

Avoiding Eye Damage In the time that it takes to blink an eye, laser radiation damage to the eye may have already occurred. Unprotected exposure to lasers can result in the development of cataracts or even a corneal burn, which can result in vision loss. If you are working with or around lasers, it is very […]

Why Global Handwashing Day Is Important

Why Global Handwashing Day Is Important

Handwashing with soap could prevent about 1 out of every 3 episodes of diarrheal illnesses and almost 1 out of 6 episodes of respiratory infection like pneumonia. Handwashing is a simple and inexpensive method of effectively removing germs from your hands. Global Handwashing Day is celebrated annually on October 15 worldwide. What is Global Handwashing Day? […]

What is FluoroSafety?

What is FluoroSafety?

Identifying Important Risks Associated with FGI In 1994 the FDA released a public health advisory warning of the potential for serious radiation-induced skin injuries to patients resulting from fluoroscopically guided interventions (FGI).  In the 20 years since this advisory, there have been hundreds of published cases of skin injury resulting from FGI, and the number is […]