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Title: An assessment of nursing staffs' knowledge of radiation protection and practice
Austin Authors: Badawy, Mohamed Khaldoun;Mong, Kam Shan;Lykhun, U Paul;Deb, Pradip
Affiliation: Department of Medical Physics, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
School of Medical Sciences, RMIT University, Bundoora, Australia
Issue Date: 24-Feb-2016
Publication information: Journal of Radiological Protection 2016; 36(1): 178-183
Abstract: Although the exposure to nursing staff is generally lower than the allowable radiation worker dose limits, awareness and overcoming fears of radiation exposure is essential in order to perform routine activities in certain departments. Furthermore, the nursing staff, whether they are defined as radiation workers or not, must be able to respond to any radiological emergencies and provide care to any patient affected by radiation. This study aims to gauge the awareness of radiation safety among the nursing staff at a major hospital in different departments and recommend if further radiation safety training is required. A prospective multiple choice questionnaire was distributed to 200 nurses in 9 different departments. The questionnaire tested knowledge that would be taught at a basic radiation safety course. 147 nurses (74%) completed the survey with the average score of 40%. Furthermore, 85% of nurses surveyed felt there was a need for radiation safety training in their respective departments to assist with day to day work in the department. An increase in radiation safety materials that are specific to each department is recommended to assist with daily work involving radiation. Moreover, nursing staff that interact with radiation on a regular basis should undertake radiation safety courses before beginning employment and regular refresher courses should be made available thereafter
DOI: 10.1088/0952-4746/36/1/178
Journal: Journal of Radiological Protection
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Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Radiation Protection
Nursing Staff
Type of Clinical Study or Trial: Survey
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