A shield will be provided and placed in the appropriate area for maximally effective shielding.
The floor, furniture, and other objects the patient may touch will be covered in
plastic to minimize the time needed to clean the room after the patient leaves.
Gloves, gowns and shoe covers will be located near the entrance to the patient's
care instructions will be posted at the entrance of the patient's room.
Patient Room Floor
Chair for Patient
Toilet covered to prevent Contamination
Betadine is provided to
put on the rim and inside of the toilet bowl to help prevent porcelain
When the patient is below the applicable radiation
level the Radiation Safety staff will notify the nurse providing care and make an indication
of the radiation level in the patient's chart. The Nuclear Medicine supervisor
will also be notified.
These patients present two different concerns:
radiation emitted from the I-131 while in the patient's body (external hazard)
- the patient's bodily fluids contain I-131 which may be transferred to
others unless proper precautions are followed.
External and internal exposure precautions (see the
Radiation Safety" section).