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Radiation & Pregnancy, Healthcare Workers Should Know

Radiation & Pregnancy, Healthcare Workers Should Know

 

Radiation & pregnancy, healthcare workers should know the possibility and danger of prenatal radiation. There is some debate within the healthcare industry regarding the exposure from standard medical procedures. Outside of the overall stress of worry from the “mother to be” for those working in the healthcare industry, most experts agree that radiation can have a significant impact on the fetus especially when working in a medical environment.

Outside of the immediate dangers to both the mother and fetus, there are long term consequences that can happen as a result of exposure to ionizing radiation. According to the CDC’s website, “the human embryo and fetus are particularly sensitive to ionizing radiation, and the health consequences of exposure can be severe, even at radiation doses too low to immediately affect the mother. Such consequences can include growth retardation, malformations, impaired brain function, and cancer”.

Not every radiation exposure event may cause serious health effects to the fetus. So how do you know at what level the radiation dose is safe? The acute radiation dose to the embryo or fetus should never reach more than 0.50 Gy (5 rads). The danger to the fetus is because the cells are rapidly dividing and growing into specialized tissue and cells. Mutation of these healthy cells has been seen as a result of alcohol, infection, drugs and radiation. Our suggestion is to minimize exposure from ionizing radiation. When you must be around it, always practice the basics: time, distance, shielding and utilize a fetal radiation monitor from Med-Pro, Inc.

Are you a healthcare worker exposed to radiation and may be pregnant? Are you a woman of childbearing age working in the healthcare industry?  Be proactive in understanding the dangers of radiation exposure to both you and your unborn child. Visit Med-Pro, Inc. and order a normal body badge along with your fetal monitor. According to The National Council for Radiation Protection (NCRP), the fetal monitor should be monitored on a monthly basis, worn over the fetal area and under the lead apron when one is used.

For more information on ordering a fetal monitor call us at (800)697-1517 or order today  at sales. We guarantee the lowest price for radiation detection badges and fetal monitors. For more information regarding the development stages of the fetus and the affect of radiation go to CDC .

 

 

 

Late Radiation Detection Badges?

What happens if my radiation badges are returned late? Unlike other companies that charge for late radiation detection badges, Med-Pro, Inc. actually will give a credit after the $25.00 late charge fee is applied. For our customers, we currently offer a $10.00 per badge credit towards future orders if the x-ray badge is returned in good condition, you have billed the $25.00 late fee and your account is active.

Make sure when sending your dosimeter badges back to the lab that you pay the extra fee to require a signature. In the years of providing radiation detection service, our lab has almost a perfect rating of not losing badges. All envelopes and packages are opened in a very controlled environment and a radiation exposure report is generated almost immediately. For your convenience, we always make at least two attempts to email the user on file as a reminder if badges are late. Further, we have instituted a six week grace period before applying the late fee’s. We have incorporated these best practices so that our customers have every opportunity to send their radiation detection badges to our lab with incurring fee’s. Simply put, we put our customers first and want to maintain one of the highest rates of customer retention in the radiation monitoring industry. If you have questions about your bill, simply email us  at service@med-pro.net and  one of our customer service agents will answer your question.

Why Use Med-Pro?

Radiation Badge

Why use Med-Pro radiation detection badges and not our competitors?

Simply put, Med-Pro, Inc.  takes care of its customers. Med-Pro offers free online management of your account that allows the Radiation Safety Officer or the designated account holder to have the ability of adding users to changing the color of theirs badges.  By empowering our customers to download their radiation detection reports at their convenience and offering some of the lowest rates in the industry, Med-Pro, Inc. has become one of the fastest growing dosimeter badge companies in the nation. How is this possible? We are committed to YOU the customer! We are constantly working to keep our services both easy and affordable for the end user.

Included with your subscription, you receive free downloads of your NRC Form 5 and you have the ability to change of users.  Our laboratory is one of the oldest in the industry and maintains all of the needed certifications that helps you become OSHA compliant. Our customer service agents are here to help and because we are constantly adding staff, we have one of the highest retention rates in the radiation monitoring badge industry. When other companies are trying to “nickel and dime” their customers,  at Med-Pro Inc. you will not find any hidden fee’s or be given teaser rates.

Remember, our prices are below the industry average and we are constantly improving our offerings to help make the overall radiation detection experience both easy and affordable.  When you want to save money and have the largest Panasonic TLD lab as your provider, go to http://Med-Pro to order your radiation detection badges in under 5 mins!

Med-Pro, Inc. Guarantee’s the Lowest Prices

We are changing the radiation badge industry with the lowest prices!

While many of our competitors have hidden fee’s and offer teaser rate, at Med-Pro, Inc. you can shop with the knowledge that you are receiving the best price and customer service possible. Because our primary business is radiation badges and only radiation badges, we can offer the lowest prices for Panasonic TLD XBGN dosimetry rings and badges.  If you find an item that we offer available from

one of our competitors at a lower price, we will gladly meet our competitor’s delivered price.

The delivered price is the total price of the order from an authorized U.S. retailer
delivered to your door including product cost, shipping and any handling fees.

As this offer does not apply to items that have special promotions, we will consider
each of these possibilities on a case-by-case basis.

Please contact us at sales@med-pro.net to request a price match.

How Many Years to Keep Radiation Monitoring Reports?

How Many Years to Keep Radiation Monitoring Reports?

We are often asked “how long is long enough to maintain records for current and past employees exposed to radiation”? As an radiation safety officer (RSO), business manager or the owner of a practice or company OSHA standards on radiation monitoring reports and the length of time for keeping them are important to know.

You might be surprised! If your company or medical practice are required by law to monitor employees for radiation exposure, OSHA requires you to keep records for 30 years. “The employer is required to maintain this record for at least 30 years beyond last date of employment (following the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.1020)”. http://www.osha.gov/Publications/ethylene-oxide-final.html

In case of potential lawsuits, Med-Pro, Inc. advocates that you should keep your records indefinitely.

Maintaining 30 years (or more) of records means you need to trust your radiation monitoring provider. If you are a customer of Med-Pro, Inc., you can always go to the “my account link” to view the exposure and radiation monitoring reports of your employee’s. Keeping and utilizing your radiation monitoring records is made simple with our online radiation detection reporting platform. It is simple to use and remember with Med-Pro Inc., we do not charge when viewing your online account!

Your safety is our business. Med-Pro, Inc.

Do’s and Don’ts of Dosimeter Badge Use

 

Do’s and Don’ts of Dosimeter Badge Use

DO WEAR your dosimeter badge when working. Of what value is it if it is in a locker or purse?
DON’T WEAR IT when you are receiving X-rays for your own personal health care.
DON’T WEAR IT away from the workplace.
DON’T WEAR IT under your apron (unless using more than one dosimeter).
DO TURN IT IN promptly. Time gaps make analysis more difficult, less accurate, and reduces the legal and historical value of the reports.
DO REPORT A LOST/DAMAGED unit immediately (sunshine/heat, the washer, etc.). Prevent damage by not leaving your monitor in areas of high temperature.
DO PLACE the control in a radiation-safe area; this affects the accuracy of all dosimeters!
DON’T PLACE one in an area for testing (operator booth, receptionist’s desk, etc.). Additional badges for testing can be assigned and provided by the service.
DON’T SHARE one; this is illegal. An exposure total for a shared dosimeter is meaningless to each individual.
DON’T TAMPER with your dosimeter badge or anyone else’s. The reports are legal documents and are regarded as real exposures received.

Reference http://www.doh.wa.gov

Or for more information visit Radiochemistry

 

Dosimeter Badge Service


Our dosimeter badge service is used in government agencies and individual practices in the USA and around the world. Our customers love the personal care they receive at Med-Pro, Inc. with quick response times and a live operator on the phone! Call us at (800) 697-1517 to get the lowest published prices in the industry and order your radiation badges today. With our low prices, personal service and great customers like you, we have been able to keep one of the highest rates of retention in radiation detection industry.

Be proactive in implementing your radiation detection program. Knowing and mitigating your risks can prevent fraudulent lawsuits and provide a healthy environment for your employee’s. As stated previously, one of the leading long-term illnesses for medical workers is Thyroid Cancer. Thyroid Cancer has been linked to long-term and overexposure from radiation. For the price of one latte a week, you can protect three of your staff members for a year!

The North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC) 2016

The North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC) 2016

NAVC 2016

NAVC 2016

It was an amazing time at NAVC 2016! Not only did we meet many future and current customers, we were able to challenge veterinary staff on the need for proper use of wearing dosimeter badges.  The one thing that really surprised us was the lack of knowledge of staff and even hearing some techs tell us that they do not always wear a thyroid collar and/or their radiation detection badge.

Remember when working with radiation, you must consider:

Time-limit the radiation dose by minimizing the time that is directly proportional to the time spent in the radiation; have your techs work on a rotation basis

Distance-increasing distance from the source of radiation will reduce the amount of radiation received; further away the better!

Shielding-know what your office is constructed from; lead and concrete are the most commonly used radiation shielding materials

Oil Industry and Radiation Exposure

Oil Industry and Radiation Exposure

 Petroleum and oil exploration have usually been associated with the bi-product of combustion contaminants and greenhouse gases such as CO2, but a little known fact is that petroleum exploration can expose many of the workers to radiation. The oil industry has serious potential issues with radiation, particularly regarding the workers’ exposure and even when the risk is confined to oil camps and oil processing facilities. The exposure to potential radiation may include people in the camps who live near oil exploration and processing facilities.

The source of radiation in the oil industry is regarded to NORM materials (Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials) usually present on small amounts of the Earth’s cortex. NORM materials are responsible for part of the natural background radiation. One of the most common minerals conforming the NORM materials is radium, a radioactive mineral extensively present in petroleum fields.

On the other hand, the oil industry makes extensive use of both open and closed sources of radiation on all the activities such as non-destructive testing/radiography testing of pipes, use of radioactive source instruments for level indication, density measurement, etc. It is clear that both the oil and gas industry as well petroleum based chemicals involve a real risk of exposure to ionizing radiation coming from both natural and manmade sources; therefore, it should be a priority to take proper actions in order to avoid not only environmental contamination but also personnel exposure to hazardous levels of radiation[1].

Is every worker of the oil and gas industry exposed to the same risk?

Even when working on NORM contamination areas, oil workers are considered to be in the same category as the general public. This means that that they are exposed to radiation less than 1 mSv/year[2]. Duties that include pipe inspection and wireline activities will most likely require training and the wearing of radiation monitoring badges due to the increased risk of being exposed to radioactive materials.[3].

Despite the real risk of exposure, petroleum workers are divided on two main categories: those exposed to high NORM materials (natural source) where a radiation badge is recommended but not mandatory. Obviously those working with manmade radiation sources should always be badged and monitored. According to current regulations, the use of radiation badges is not mandatory for most workers in the oil industry. Individuals concerned about his or her safety regarding radiation exposure should consider wearing a radiation monitoring badge as a way to measure the exposure to ionizing radiation.

Protecting both the employees’ health and future litigation towards the company, radiation badges can offer a solution for both issues. While maintaining lifetime records for employees can deter frivolous lawsuits, it can also show whether or not there are real dangers to the employees. Oil and gas workers that follow ALARA practices and use proper dosimeter badges are taking appropriate measures to prevent exposure to radiation. Visit www.med-pro.net to order your radiation detection badges.

[1] http://aihce2015.org/course/radiation-safety-in-the-oil-and-gas-industry/

[2] https://www.nde-ed.org/EducationResources/CommunityCollege/RadiationSafety/safe_use/exposure.htm

[3] http://www.normsolutions.com/norm-solutions/

Flight Crew & Frequent Flier Radiation Exposure

Flight Crew & Frequent Flier Radiation Exposure

 Flight Crew & Frequent Flier Radiation Exposure is a topic that needs to be reviewed by the public and private sectors. When thinking about radiation exposure the most common image is the one of a health care worker, personnel of a nuclear facility or perhaps people on activities related to mining, particularly uranium. Seldom do we think about exposure to ionizing radiation when flying. Nowadays the most common source of exposure to radiation is manmade.

Since the beginning of time, human beings have been exposed to natural sources of ionizing radiation. Our planet is constantly being exposed to radiation; the atmosphere is constantly bombarded by cosmic rays while on the cortex of the earth there are several radioactive minerals. These along with other sources contribute to background radiation, which is a natural phenomenon. Everyone on the planet absorbs background radiation and the calculated average exposure of a human being is about 1.5 – 2.0 millisieverts/year.[1]

The atmosphere serves a type of shield against cosmic radiation, thus only a fraction of the total amount of the cosmic rays ever reach Earth. When we take a plane and move 30,000 feet over the sea level, we are on a place where the atmosphere is much more thinner and the exposure to cosmic radiation is higher (the shield is thinner). Your typical occasional traveller should have nothing to fear, as the amount of radiation absorbed is minimal. The real question that is being asked by some in the airline industry is in relation to exposure of radiation for frequent fliers and flight crews. Now, we are NOT saying that frequent fliers and flight crews have more of a chance of being diagnosed with cancer or other affects of radiation. What we can say is med-pro.net has many pilots/flight crews that have been using our radiation detection devices to measure the cumulative amounts of radiation.

Men and women working as pilots, flight attendants and other air crew positions spend a lot of time above 10,000 feet, thus the exposure to gamma rays and other ionizing radiation may be higher than usual, in fact it is around 1-10 Ms/year, which means they are half way to the (20 mSv/year)[2] benchmark. The FAA has developed a program called CARI that can be downloaded for free at CARI-6.. According to the website, the CARI-6 calculates the “effective dose of galactic cosmic radiation received by an individual (based on an anthropomorphic phantom) on an aircraft flying the shortest route (a geodesic) between any two airports in the world. The program takes into account changes in altitude and geographic location during the course of a flight, as derived from the flight profile entered by the user”. What the program does not take into consideration is the possibility of solar flares, storms, and radioactive payloads.

Several public studies have been developed to evaluate the health risks of civil aviation crews due to chronic, low dose radiation exposure. Although some results seem to be contradictory, the overall data suggests there may be an increased risk of cancer for this group. If this is the case, there’s still an unanswered question “if there is an increase of cancer, can it be related to radiation exposure?”

Current knowledge about occupational risks of flight crews does not allow us to state that increased radiation exposure is the cause of cancer. There may be other associated risk factors such as exposure to chemicals and a disruption of sleep patterns. We believe further investigation and study is necessary regarding the health of frequent fliers and aircrews. In 1994 the FAA designated pilots and flight attendants as officially being classed as “radiation workers”. As mentioned, flight crews regularly working on high-latitude flights are exposed to more radiation than workers in nuclear power plants. Should airlines require measuring the radiation exposure of their flight crews?

Present regulations do not require personal radiation monitoring for flight crews. However, radiation detection badges (TLD or film badges) might be a useful tool in helping monitor cumulative exposure. We are also advocating that collective longitudinal studies to determine what affects radiation, sleep depravation and other factors that may put flight crews and frequent fliers at risk should be considered.

Next time you need to catch a plane, don’t worry! Your own exposition to radiation coming from the outer space will be only 0,16 mSv for each hour of flight, which means you should absolutely be fine! If you are a frequent flyer or a crew member, perhaps it is time to learn a little bit more about radiation detection and related risks when flying. Email us at sales@med-pro.net if you are considering using a radiation detection badge. To purchase our radiation detection service for only $64.00 a year go to Order Now.

Use this tool produced by Los Alamos National Laboratory to understand your radiation exposure http://environweb.lanl.gov/newnet/info/dosecalc.aspx

[1] http://www.ansto.gov.au/NuclearFacts/AboutNuclearScience/NaturalBackgroundRadiation/index.htm

[2] http://www.clarku.edu/mtafund/prodlib/clark/round6/Ionizing_Radiation.pdf page 113, title 9.


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