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Radiation Patients Endanger Public, Congressman Says

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, October 21, 2010

Markey's letter details a Subcommittee on Energy and Environment survey of 1,080 thyroid cancer survivors, 781 of whom were treated as outpatients since 1997, in order to determine how they were educated and cared for post treatment. The survey revealed:

• Only 27% of those responding were treated as inpatients and therefore were allowed to stay overnight in a hospital or other medical facility. Insurance companies denied requests for inpatient stays for 10.4% of treatments after 1997.

• More than 93% of patients treated with I-131 were given a choice on whether to have their treatment on an outpatient or inpatient basis.

• More than 89% of those responding said they were treated with I-131 doses higher than 33 millicuries, which would have required inpatient stays before the 1997 regulation change for most of these patients.

• 52 patients who received 67 treatments with I-131 in 1997 in 28 states left the hospital to go directly to a hotel, motel, inn or similar facility.

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4 comments on "Radiation Patients Endanger Public, Congressman Says"


MBR (10/21/2010 at 11:18 PM)
Whistle blowers are almost 100% put down as lunatics or idiots. I am a healthcare worker and have long wondered about radiation exposure when patients are tx in out-patient settings. I applaud Senator Markey for having the courage to speak up and begin the discussion, and perhaps testing, to better protect everyone involved with radiation treatments.

Michael (10/21/2010 at 5:06 PM)
Who is this guy, you might ask? Chairman of both the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming and the House Energy and Commerce Energy and the Environment subcommittee. He was instrumental in passing a cap-and-trade system, and probing the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. That helps explain the numerous fallacies in his statements regarding these life-saving radiation procedures. I have been in this field for 30 years, and what I am reading here is pure trash and pre-election hype.

Joanna (10/21/2010 at 11:31 AM)
Ignorant. It's the only thing that comes to mind after reading the article about radiation endangering the public. I sure hope Rep Markey or his family or loved ones, don't have to endure radiation treatments. What a pathetic and ignorant thing to say. Radiation treatments are NOT harmful. His cell phone emits more harmful radiation waves than a person undergoing radiation treatments. Typical uneducated comment.