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Radiation dose reduction among sub-speciality cardiologists and the importance of tibial protection

June 2014 Br J Cardiol 2014;21:72–4 doi:10.5837/bjc.2014.016

Radiation dose reduction among sub-speciality cardiologists and the importance of tibial protection

Thanh T Phan, Muhammad Awan, Dave Williams, Simon James, Andrew Thornley, Andrew G C Sutton, Mark de Belder, Nicholas J Linker, Andrew J Turley  

Abstract

Introduction Occupational radiation doses in fluoroscopy-guided interventional procedures are highest among medical staff using X-rays, particularly cardiologists involved in interventional procedures.1 The danger of radiation, such as radiation-induced cataracts in operators,2 has led to a significant focus on radiation safety in the cardiac catheterisation laboratory. Garments, lead goggles, skull caps, ceiling suspended shields, curtains under the table, and other protective equipment, provide a significant reduction in occupational doses.3 It is necessary for cardiologists to wear personal dosimeters during procedures for personal safety

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May 2009 Br J Cardiol 2009;16:142–6

Post-MI clinical guidelines: variation in availability, development, content and implementation across the UK

Seleen Ong, David Milne, Jonathan Morrell, on behalf of the Follow Your Heart Steering Committee

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Introduction Clinical guidelines are becoming an increasingly important component of clinical practice across Europe as governments, while facing spiralling healthcare costs, still have to maintain an overriding commitment to their citizens to provide best possible medical care. As systematically developed statements that incorporate research evidence and expert consensus views, clinical guidelines represent a means of assisting practitioners and patients on decisions about appropriate healthcare for specific circumstances.1 Adherence to clinical guidelines, thus, will help to reduce practice variation, raise standards of care, improve effici

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