Pregnancy

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The developing human embryo and fetus is more sensitive to the effects of radiation than an adult. Therefore, special consideration should be given to the protection of the embryo and fetus.

Under normal care conditions, there is no reason a pregnant nurse would be unable to care for these patients. In unusual situations, where more close care is required, or during emergencies, it is recommended that a pregnant nurse not care for the patient. If a nurse is pregnant or thinks she may be pregnant, she may call Radiation Safety for more information and/or to request a fetal dosimeter.

The University of Washington Radiation Safety Manual addresses the issue of a Declared Pregnant Worker.


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