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