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Cath labs, radiation and health worker safety

Some modern medical treatments are very aggressive and can involve powerful substances or forces. Thus, some unique safety concerns can come up for medical workers, as their work environment can involve things that many other work environments don't.

One such thing is radiation. One medical work environment where radiation can be a factor are cath labs. In these labs, various radiation-related heart treatments are performed.

A recent study looked at cath lab workers and health issues. In the study, which was done in Italy, researchers compared the health of medical workers who were exposed to radiation in cath labs and medical workers who weren't. The exposed workers were found to have higher likelihoods for various health conditions as compared to the unexposed workers, including: cancer, cataracts, orthopedic illnesses and skin lesions. Exposed workers that had been working for many years showed particularly high likelihoods.

While this study involved medical workers from another country, it underscores some points that are worth keeping in mind when it comes to cath labs here in the U.S., such as that cath lab radiation can raise worker safety concerns and that workplace radiation safety is an important thing when it comes to such labs. 

One would hope all cath lab workers would be provided with proper safety equipment during their work and would be given proper radiation safety training. What sorts of radiation safety measures would you like to see taken here in the U.S. when it comes to cath labs?

As this discussion underscores, there are many different kinds of health and safety issues that can arise when it comes to health care work. So, the range of different occupational injuries and illnesses medical workers could potentially suffer is pretty wide. Workers' comp lawyers can help medical workers with workers' comp issues related to injuries and illnesses developed on the job.

Source: Reuters, "Healthcare providers in cath labs may be harmed by radiation," Kathryn Doyle, April 12, 2016

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