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    Default Nurses. Risk with taking pts to xray

    Nurses what are the risks in taking a pt down for xray or ct in pregnancy but standing behind wall of course?

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    Where I work you escort them down with an orderly, maybe help position them and then leave the room completely.
    Sorry I'm not sure about staying in the room. I work on a ward in a public hospital.

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    Thanks. Im in public as well on wards. I dont think i could go down and stay in even with lead on. So its pretty safe just to stay behind wall then?

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    I worked in ICU and during my pregnancy I left the room or stood very far away.

    You should be good behind the screen that's where they put me when DD was having x rays and I was pregnant a few months ago.

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    Thanks heaps

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    I have always completely left the room, I don't think you'd have to stay.
    Where I work we only have to escort patients down who have electrolytes or antibiotics running, analgesic infusions or chest tubes etc. Otherwise the orderly takes them on their own. And in radiology I would usually hand over to a nurse and go back to the ward. They are usually too busy to do xrays straight away.
    Sorry for the essay. I think behind the wall is fine anyway because the radiographers aren't usually wearing a lead vest. The only time I've seen them wear a vest is when doing urgent mobile xrays on the ward.

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    Yeah your right. I shouldnt need to stay. I might just try and avoid going down anyway

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    When I was pregnant I did some research into it and as long as you wear the protective attire your fine. There is apparently more radiation on a plane. I was wearing lead for 4-5 hours a day whilst pregnant doing my job as I couldn't leave the room.

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    Behind the wall where the technician stands is fine. Also the lead aprons are good. You could always do both. To be sure, to be sure!

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    The only place & pts to avoid are the ones from nuclear medicine, as the "die" is radioactive for a period of time (depends on which isotope they use to the time). I have worked with radiation in all my pregnancies and the key is good fitting lead gowns, stand back (the further you are from the the xray the less you get) and if you can stand behind the lead wall/screen do so. Radiation is most detrimental to the fetus in the first 3months when all the major development occurs.

    Good luck for the rest of your pregnancy


 

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