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Awareness of Radiation Exposure and its Associated Risk Amongst Emergency Department Doctors at a District General Hospital
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Poster Title: Awareness of Radiation Exposure and its Associated Risk Amongst Emergency Department Doctors at a District General Hospital
Submitted on 29 Oct 2020
Author(s): Raees Lunat, Rahul Khamar, Jonathon Kyriakides
Affiliations: Royal Free NHS Trust
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Abstract: This project aimed to educate emergency department doctors (ED) on the radiation risk associated with commonly requested imaging so that they can give patients accurate information and informed patient-led decisions about care can be made.

We created a multiple-choice questionnaire that identified level of seniority amongst healthcare professionals in addition to assessing their level of knowledge regarding radiation dose exposure in common imaging modalities. We distributed our questionnaire to 41 ED doctors of all grades, ranging from foundation year 2 (FY2) to consultants. We received a response rate of 79%.

After closing the initial questionnaire, we ran a short tutorial in the ED. We then re-circulated our questionnaire to ED doctors whom had completed the initial questionnaire and attended the tutorial.

Our study found that initially, ED doctors had limited awareness of the radiation exposure associated with the imaging modalities they routinely requested. Our initial survey revealed that 69% of all doctors were unaware of radiation doses in common imaging modalities they requested.

Following our intervention, we found that all doctors, irrespective of grade, had increased awareness of radiation exposure and the associated risk of inducing fatal malignancy. We found that only 24% of doctors were unaware of radiation doses in common imaging modalities. This will no doubt lead to better clinical reasoning, discussions with patients regarding risk of radiation and more patient-centred care.

We therefore implemented a pathway with this teaching programme for all future emergency doctors to complete this mandatory course on radiation awareness prior to their rotation.
Summary: The message of this project is the importance of radiation awareness and it’ consequences amongst clinicians responsible for requesting imaging investigations. We demonstrated that prior to our intervention, there was a significant deficiency in ED clinician’s knowledge of radiation dose associated with commonly requested imaging modalities as well as its consequences. Following attendance at an interactive tutorial, we were able to significantly increase radiation awareness in the department.Report abuse »
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