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Radiation Safety

Radiological procedures are valuable diagnostic and treatment tools; however, the use of radiation in the perioperative setting introduces a variety of safety concerns for both patients and staff. All types of radiation can cause tissue damage and may lead to long-term adverse effects. Because of these factors, it is important that perioperative nurses understand how to minimize the risk of radiation exposure to staff and patients.

Gap Analysis/Purpose

After taking this course, the perioperative nurse will understand the clinical considerations of using radiation in the OR and will be able to identify measures to minimize the risk of radiation injury to staff and patients.


  • Understand the clinical implications of radiation in the perioperative setting.
  • Identify measures to minimize the patient’s exposure to radiation.
  • Identify measures to minimize occupational exposure to radiation.

1.0 Contact Hour

Expires 6/24/20

Course Requirements

To receive 1.0 contact hour for this course, you must achieve mastery of the content and submit an evaluation as instructed at the end of the course. This course contains 55 questions.

Accreditation, Disclaimer, and Copyright


This program is approved for 1.0 hours of AEU credit by BASC provider #0102.

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