Whiteboard Wednesday: 3 Ways To Make Your X-Ray Apron Last Longer

We hear this question a lot, how do I care for my x-ray apron? Today’s Whiteboard Wednesday will answer this question with 3 important ways to care for your x-ray apron. It’s important to know the appropriate cleaning techniques, storage equipment and proper care of your x-ray apron.

Want to learn more about x-ray aprons? 

Download our free white paper to learn how to select the right x-ray apron for you. The process of selecting the right x-ray apron can seem overwhelming but it can be reduced to a few simple steps. Whether you are buying for yourself or a team, amidst the abundance of radiation shield options, there is the right x-ray apron for you. Once you have made your purchase it is important to take proper care of your x-ray apron by following the three steps mentioned in the video.

 

 

Whiteboard Wednesday: X-Ray Apron Front vs. Full Protection

Today’s Whiteboard Wednesday offers a  few tips when determining whether you need front or full protection when it comes to x-ray aprons. It’s important to keep in mind that scatter radiation can easily reflect off objects in the exam room, so knowing the difference between front and full protection is very important.

What type of protection do you need? 

Download our free white paper to learn about the four main factors you will need to consider to find right x-ray apron for you. The process of selecting the right x-ray apron can seem overwhelming but it can be reduced to a few simple steps. Whether you are buying for yourself or a team, amidst the abundance of radiation shield options, there is the right x-ray apron for you.

 

 

Whiteboard Wednesday: Personalizing Your X-Ray Apron

Today’s Whiteboard Wednesday features the benefits of personalizing your x-ray apron through different colors and styles. Personalizing your  x-ray apron can help differentiate between other x-ray aprons in your facility.

 

 

Selecting the most appropriate apron is essential to ensuring protection from harmful radiation

Choosing an x-ray apron may sound straightforward, but there are almost as many customizable apron options as there are healthcare professions in need of them. Download our free white paper to learn more about the basic differentiators that you should consider before purchasing your x-ray apron.

 

Whiteboard Wednesday: How To Select An X-Ray Apron That Fits You

When it comes to x-ray aprons you want to make sure your are wearing the appropriate size. This week on Whiteboard Wednesday we discuss important steps to remember for the next time you go to select an x-ray apron.

To ensure protection, it is imperative to assure that the x-ray apron fits properly. 

Download our free white paper to guide you through the process of selecting the right apron for you. If an apron is too large or or too small it will not provide optimal protection from radiation.

 

 

 

Whiteboard Wednesday: Why Size Matters For X-Ray Aprons?

Today’s Whiteboard Wednesday features x-ray aprons and why the right x-ray apron size is important. Throughout the next few weeks our weekly Whiteboard Wednesdays will focus around x-ray aprons, since we receive many questions about them!

 

To ensure proper radiation protection, it is imperative to find a properly fitting x-ray apron. 

Download your free white paper to help guide you through the process of selecting the apron that will work best for you. There are several important factors that you will need to consider before making your purchase. Remember we are here to help, so please feel free to contact us with any additional questions you may have.

 

Whiteboard Wednesday: When Is It Time For A New X-Ray Apron?

Do you know when it's the right time for a new x-ray apron?

Watch this week's Whiteboard Wednesday to find out!

http://youtu.be/ai2j7ulsdRg

Want to learn more?

The process of selecting the right x-ray apron can seem overwhelming but it can be reduced to a few simple steps. We have compiled this white paper to help you choose the optimal x-ray apron for you . Whether you are buying for yourself or a team, amidst the abundance of radiation shield options, there is the right x-ray apron for you.

3 Ways To Discard Your Retired Lead Aprons

Looking to throw away your old lead aprons?

This is a common question for those who have lead aprons that can no longer be of use. This post will explain a few lead apron disposal methods for properly discarding lead aprons.

Although lead does an excellent job of blocking out radiation, it can be harmful to the environment if not properly disposed of. It’s important to note that some states may have different regulations and requirements than others, so check your local disposal regulations before. A few ways for lead apron disposal:

  1. Contact a recycling company. You can easily contact a local recycling (or “re-claimer”) scrap metal company and see if they recycle lead products. Oftentimes these companies will take the material and recycle it to create new lead aprons.
  2. Contact your hazardous waste carrier or handling company. Sometimes a local hazardous waste carrier or handling company will come to you and pick-up the lead apron. It’s important to follow your state and local regulations and check to confirm the handling company is licensed.
  3. Bring your aprons to a local landfill. Many local landfills will accept lead aprons however, sometimes landfills won’t accept lead aprons with large cracks or damage due to high toxicity levels.

There may be more ways to throw away lead aprons but these are the most common and appropriate disposal methods. It’s important to know that you cannot throw away lead aprons in the regular trash, it can be harmful to the environment. If you’re not interested in lead aprons, the alternative is non-lead aprons. Non-lead aprons offer the same protection, are typically lighter in weight and can be discarded in the regular trash. Any questions or comments regarding lead apron disposal? Be sure to let us know in the message box below.

Want to learn more about selecting a new x-ray apron? 

There are four important factors to consider when selecting your new x-ray apron. Download your free white paper to help ensure you choose the best replacement x-ray apron.

 

 

How To Care For Your X-Ray Apron

Proper X-Ray Apron Care

Whether you already have an x-ray apron or you’re planning on purchasing one, it’s important to know the basic care requirements for keeping your x-ray apron intact. Understanding the proper x-ray apron care can result in longer use.

We’ve broken this post down into four simple recommendations to consider for how to care for your x-ray apron.

1. Cleaning
In a medical setting, it’s easy for protective apparel to get dirty. If your x-ray apron is dirty from blood or other bodily fluids, you should clean it as soon as possible. Using cold water and mild detergent, carefully wipe down your x-ray apron. Do not use bleach or any harsh chemicals, this can deteriorate and perhaps alter the effectiveness of protection. Do not autoclave, dry-clean or machine launder x-ray aprons.

2. Storage
Don’t fold, crease, drape, or sit down tightly on your x-ray aprons. We strongly recommend that our aprons are safely hung on a lead apron rack, hanger or equivalent storage unit. After storing your x-ray apron make sure to hook and loop any closure to avoid snagging or tearing of fabric. Storing aprons correctly can increase the life cycle of your x-ray aprons.

3. Inspection
It’s recommended that lead aprons are to be checked fluoroscopically at least once a year to uphold standard performance. Checking x-ray aprons as often as possible is always best practice, the slightest crack can render the apron damaged.

4. Disposal
Each apron that contains lead must be properly disposed. You can do this by contacting a disposal service who can properly discard lead material. Hazardous-waste carriers and certain handling companies have pick-up or drop-off services for unwanted aprons.  Alternatively, all non-lead aprons can be disposed of in the regular garbage disposal. There is no need to contact a disposal service for non-lead aprons.

These recommendations are key to caring for x-ray aprons. Take care of your x-ray aprons, if not the abuse can significantly shorten apron’s use. If you have any questions or comments regarding x-ray apron care, please let us know in the comment box below.

Understanding the key elements of x-ray aprons

If you are looking to purchase a new x-ray apron it is important to understand the core material, coverage and style options of your new x-ray apron. Download your free white paper below to learn more about selecting the proper x-ray apron for your specific needs.

 

 

The Difference In Weight For Lead vs. Non-Lead Aprons

Is there a difference in weight between lead aprons and non-lead aprons? There sure is! Non-lead aprons are the lighter alternative to lead aprons, up to 40% lighter than regular grade lead. This is one of the many benefits that makes non-lead aprons a great choice for radiation protection.

Medical professionals who are required to wear radiation protection apparel often prefer non-lead aprons, due to being lighter in weight. For procedures that last a few hours, the weight of the lead apron can cause shoulder, back pain and can also cause fatigue. A few extra pounds on a lead apron can really make a difference for the person wearing it.

When comparing a lead apron to the equivalent non-lead apron you’ll be able to notice the weight difference. For example, the Xenolite Overwrap Apron in a female large is 13.9 lbs. The Xenolite NonLead Overwrap Apron in a female large is 10.5 lbs. For this particular style, the non-lead apron is 3.4 lbs. lighter compared to the lead apron.

Although there is a difference in weight, the level of protection remains the same at 0.5 mm Pb. Non-lead aprons use 100% nonlead attenuating metals to offer complete protection. These aprons combine comfort and exceptional lumbar support which will reduce fatigue and upper back stress during lengthy procedures. It’s important for medical personnel to reduce pain and eliminate fatigue that is caused by heavier lead aprons.

For medical professionals working in long interventional radiology procedures, our non-lead aprons will make a great choice. Keeping your medical professionals safe and healthy while working around radiation is a must. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to share your thoughts in the comment box below. Interested in learning more about the difference in core materials? Download our free white paper to learn more.

 

 

Radiation Protection Principles

In simple terms, radiation is energy that comes from a source and travels from one place to another. Radiation that is categorized as ionizing radiation has the energy to break chemical bonds and is considered a higher frequency radiation. This type of radiation includes cosmic rays, Alpha particles, Beta particles, Gamma rays and x-rays. Ionizing radiation is commonly used in medical x-rays. Non-ionizing radiation is considered a low frequency radiation, as in microwave radiation, infrared radiation and radio wave broadcasting.

It’s very important to understand how to protect your medical staff when working around high frequency radiation and ways to reduce the level of radiation exposure. ALARA, an acronym for as-low-as-reasonably-achievable, is a radiation safety principle. According to ALARA principles, there are three important concepts associated with radiation protection.

1. Time
Time simply refers to the amount of time someone is exposed to radiation. By minimize the time of radiation exposure as much as possible you are using best practices. The shorter the time spent working around radiation, the less exposure you will receive. It’s important for all medical professionals to keep track of the time spent working around radiation. Many facilities require their medical staff to use dosimeters for tracking time. Radiation dosimetry is the measurement of a radiation dose from the exposure of ionizing radiation.

2. Distance
The farther away from the radiation source, the less radiation exposure. Distance is the space between you and the radiation source. Many compare the concept of distance to a light bulb. A light bulb evenly distributes light in every direction. As you move away from the light bulb, the light from the light bulb becomes less powerful. The more distance you put in between you and the radiation source, the less exposure.

3. Shielding
Shielding refers to the products that absorb the radiation between you and the source. Shielding can come in the form of protective apparel such as lead aprons, thyroid collars, lead glasses, lead gloves, etc. Other radiation protection products to consider are lead shields, scatter drapes and lead barriers for your medical setting. Radiation will interact with the shield rather than the medical personnel or patient behind it.

These safety concepts are essential for proper radiation protection. By reducing the time spent around radiation, increasing the distance from the source and using appropriate shielding, you are applying best practices for radiation protection. If you have any questions or comments, please share your thoughts in the comment box below! To learn more about selecting the proper x-ray apron for your needs, download our free white paper to help guide you through the process.