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Lack of Eye Protection in Cath Lab Could Lead to Cataracts

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 9, 2010

Kleiman emphasized that in many lab settings where radiation is used, nurses tend to not take precautions as seriously because they are usually farther away. "But we're noticing periods of time when the nurses are getting higher doses because they're on the other side of the table where there's less protection. They presume they're less exposed so they don't protect themselves as much. But now we're seeing changes in the nurses' eyes as well."

In the first study, authors included researchers from institutions in Serbia, Austria, Malaysia and Spain as well as Kleiman.  In the second report, Kleiman worked with researchers from Colombia, Austria, Uruguay, and Madrid.

Kleiman is a member of committees associated with the International Commission on Radiological Protection and the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurement.

Cheryl Clark is senior quality editor and California correspondent for HealthLeaders Media. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
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