STEVEN J. ROSANSKY, M.D.; NICKOLAS A. DETORIE, Ph.D.
To the editor: In a recent issue, the occupational hazards to hospital personnel were described, including the effects of radiation exposure (1). To our knowledge, the potential hazards from the "radioactive" patient to the hemodialysis personnel and to subsequent patients using the same hemodialysis machine have not been well described.
Recently, a patient with acute renal failure (estimated glomerular filtration rate, 5 mL/min) had received 300 µCi of 131I-iodohippurate before dialysis. To ascertain the extent of radiation hazard, we sampled the patient's arterial and venous blood every 30 minutes during dialysis. These blood samples were then measured for 131I activity
ROSANSKY SJ, DETORIE NA. Radiation Hazards from Hemodialysis Patients. Ann Intern Med. ;103:961. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-103-6-961_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1985;103(6_Part_1):961.
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