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Document ID (ISN)109042
CIS number 09-183
ISSN - Serial title 1545-9624 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Teschke K., Chow Y., Chung J., Ratner P., Spinelli J., Le N., Ward H.
Title Estimating nurses' exposures to ionizing radiation: The elusive gold standard
Bibliographic information Feb. 2008, Vol.5, No.2, p.75-84. Illus. 26 ref.
Abstract This study assessed ionizing radiation exposure in 58,125 nurses in British Columbia, Canada, in view of gathering data for use in a subsequent epidemiological study on cancer morbidity and mortality. It involved a survey of nurses in more than 100 hospitals and health care centers, together with a monitoring of the data reported to the National Dose Registry of Health Canada. Findings are discussed. The difficulty in exposure assessment likely arises because although fewer than 10% of nurses are exposed to ionizing radiation, the settings in which they are exposed vary tremendously. This means that careful hazard assessment is required to ensure that monitoring is complete where exposures are probable, without incurring the excess costs and lack of specificity of including the unexposed personnel.
Descriptors (primary) ionizing radiation; nursing personnel; exposure evaluation; British Columbia
Descriptors (secondary) Canada; cohort study; reliability
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceCanada
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Radiation
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Health care services
Ionizing radiation
Exposure evaluation