Remember all the superhero comics and cartoons we grew up with? They taught us to equate radiation exposure to mutations leading to superhero powers like great strength or super speed. However, for those of us who work in the environment of radiation, the last thing we want to experience is some kind genetic mutation from cumulative exposure to low-dose radiation. We have to face the reality that our occupational exposure won’t give us the ability to walk up walls.
So how do hospitals and other healthcare facilities mitigate the risk for personnel working in radiation zones? They develop and maintain a strong radiation safety program based on ALARA principles. They make sure that all roles are monitored and accurately reporting exposure per regulations. Maintaining this documentation is also the only way to prevent lawsuits that could arise from team members claiming damage to their health caused by working in radiation environments.
The biggest challenge with current radiation safety programs is making sure all roles are included. One link that is often missed is occupational visitors, those members of the team who serve multiple facilities. This essential group includes clinical vendor sales representatives, contracted professionals, traveling allied health professionals, and health students.
The IntelliCentrics radiation safety program allows the facilities in our community to supercharge their current program by incorporating all roles. Through our managed services, hospitals have access to a preprogrammed ALARA database that provides the capability to report and maintain historical data. The program also ensures occupational visitors have proper dosimetry and current radiation safety education. Facilities can maintain full radiation safety compliance while protecting the health of their occupational visitors—proving there are paths to super powers that don’t involve exposure to radiation.