Ionising radiation: promoting safety for patients, visitors and staff
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Ionising radiation: promoting safety for patients, visitors and staff

Sarah Hart Clinical nurse specialist, Radiation Protection, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, Chelsea and Surrey

Diagnostic radiology and sealed and unsealed sources of radiotherapy are valuable in the treatment of cancer. However, unwanted consequences can result from excessive exposure to ionising radiation. Therefore, its administration requires great care not only to protect the patient but also the nurses involved in patient care. Nurses should be aware of the safety issues in the diagnostic and therapeutic use of ionising radiation so that they can work safely and confidently.

Nursing Standard. 20, 47, 47-57. doi: 10.7748/ns2006.08.20.47.47.c4478

Correspondence

sarah.hart@rmh.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review