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Manager's Guide to Staff & Patient Safety - October 2014

Outpatient Surgery Magazine, providing current information on Surgical Services, Surgical Facility Administration, Outpatient Surgery News and Trends, OR Excellence and more.

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6 0 S U P P L E M E N T T O O U T P AT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E | O C T O B E R 2 0 1 4 R adiation won't wrench your back. It doesn't cut or leave a bruise. But that doesn't mean the dangers of exposure are any less real than other surgical hazards that leave immediate marks. You might not feel it today, next week, next month or even next year, but repeated exposure to radiation increases future risks of cancer and bone loss. Is that worth overlooking proper safety precautions whenever a C- arm is switched on? That answer is obvious. Now try your luck with these ques- tions. C - A R M S A F E T Y Prolonged radiation exposure can cause lasting effects. Carol Cappella, RN, MSN, CNOR | Delray Beach, Fla. Imaging's Invisible Dangers ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT Judicious use of imaging and proper placement of the C-arm are keys to pro- tecting patients and staff. Carol Cappella, RN, MSN, CNOR

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