Archive Employee & Patient Safety 2012

Best Practices for C-Arm Safety

Protect patients and staff from excessive radiation exposure with these easy-to-follow protocols.

Carol Cappella, RN, MSN, CNOR


Lori Bailey, RN, BSN


3 basic guides for safety TRIPLE THREAT Time, distance and shielding are the 3 basic guides for safety when using X-ray.

Every fluoroscopically guided procedure carries the potential of high radiation exposure for patients and staff. This risk is partially reduced by better understanding how C-arms work and how some simple safety practices can help shield individuals in the OR from harm. Our facility developed safe habits for C-arm use based on the following principles.

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