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 [...]

Creating A Patient Safety Program In A Fluoroscopy Practice

Creating A Patient Safety Program In A Fluoroscopy Practice

Every department performing fluoroscopically-guided procedures should take a few basic steps to ensure patient safety.  These steps are outlined in this article from FluoroSafety and Universal Medical. Educate fluoroscope operators Anyone operating a fluoroscope should be trained in basic fluoroscopy physics, basic radiation biology, and radiation safety.  The Basic Training Program from FluoroSafety provides this [...]

Avoiding Retained Surgical Items In The OR

Avoiding Retained Surgical Items In The OR

Avoiding Serious Reportable Events (“Never Events”) In The OR Retained Surgical Items (RSI) are included in the National Quality Forum’s list of Serious Reportable Events (commonly referred to as “Never Events”) as a, “foreign object unintentionally retained after surgery.” The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will no longer pay the extra cost of treating [...]

Radioprotective Garments: A Medical Physicist’s Perspective

Radioprotective Garments: A Medical Physicist’s Perspective

If you read our previous blog post on ALARA, you learned that the ALARA standard used worldwide for managing dose to radiation workers actually stems from the Linear-No-Threshold (LNT) dose-response model. If the LNT model is correct, risk of deleterious effects like cancer increases linearly with radiation dose, and there is no safe amount of [...]

Discover Gucci Radiation Resistant Glasses

Discover Gucci Radiation Resistant Glasses

Are you fashion savvy? Have you been searching for a fashionable way to protect your eyes from the harmful effects of ionizing radiation? Then look no further. Gucci radiation resistant glasses have arrived. Gucci, a name synonymous with high-fashion and stylish sophistication is the latest addition to our radiation protection eyewear line. Gucci’s styles for women [...]

What Is ALARA?

What Is ALARA?

What is ALARA? As Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA) is a buzzword commonly used in medical disciplines utilizing ionizing radiation for the diagnosis and treatment of disease. It is a phrase that should be considered whenever a patient, healthcare professional or a physician is in a situation where they might be exposed to radiation.  However, [...]