Observing Radiation Safety Practices in GI Nursing

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During the past 2 years, the staff in the Endoscopy Department at Georgetown University Hospital noticed an increase in the number of procedures being performed in the x-ray department. The nursing staff were becoming concerned with the amount of x-ray exposure they were receiving. The purpose of this article is to describe the process in which the nursing staff are equally rotated through radiology based on a daily log of fluoroscopy exposure for each nurse. At the completion of each x-ray procedure, the nurses chart the amount of x-ray and fluoroscopy exposure. Each nurse wears a total body film badge while a second badge is worn at the collar. Monthly dosimetry reports are made available for each nurse to review. After 1 year of monitoring by this method, it was found that fluoroscopy exposure was evenly distributed to each nurse.

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