Improving radiation safety in orthopaedics
The BOA created its own short life working group which has worked on identifying and understanding the risks and ways of providing better protection for female health workers from ionising radiation in the workplace. Their guidance has been published on the BOA website and recently the Breast Cancer risk section has been updated to highlight the best gowns to use for protection of the breast from irradiation.
A BMJ Editorial was published 13th April 2023, further highlighting these risks and concerns.
Working group member Hannah Sevenoaks has also shared her own personal thoughts around occupational radiation protection safety and why she felt health workers needed to demand better from their (PPE). Her article ‘ A tipping point to improve radiation safety in Orthopaedics’ has been published on Orthopaedics Online. Links to the resources can be found below.
By Hannah Sevenoaks
A short life working group has been established to better understand the risks associated with radiation and breast cancer in female orthopaedic surgeons. This has involved work on identifying and understanding the risks and ways of providing better protection.