Staff who care for radiation therapy patients undergoing either sealed source implants (brachytherapy) or radioactive drug therapy must have appropriate radiation safety training. This training course, titled "Caring for Radioactive Therapy Patients" is available online in the VUMC Learning Exchange.
In addition to the online training, Radiation Therapy Nursing Guidelines have been developed to provide further direction. Copies of the guidelines should already be available in your department; if not, you can download copies here:
Radiation Worker Exposure Limits
Personnel radiation exposure limits mentioned in the training are also listed on the Radiation Dosimetry (Badging) page.
If you have unanswered radiation safety questions after completing this training, contact email@example.com. If a radiation therapy patient is currently undergoing treatment on your unit, you can page the Environmental Health & Safety Emergency Pager. The pager number is listed on the Caution, Radioactive Materials door sign and in the patient's chart.