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Contamination of Interventional Radiology Lead Aprons by Nosocomial Pathogens

Mohamed M Jaber*, Edward Qiao, Monte L Harvill and Farah A Nasser

DOI: 10.26717/BJSTR.2017.01.000203

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    • Diagnostic Radiologist, Detroit Medical Center Corporation, USA

    Corresponding author: Mohamed M Jaber, Diagnostic Radiologist, Detroit Medical Center Corporation, Michigan, USA

Received: July 11, 2017;   Published: July 19, 2017

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Abstract

Lead radiation protection aprons and neck/thyroid shields are used by hospital personnel in rooms where ionizing radiation is present. These methods of radiation protection are used in the catheter lab by personnel such as interventional radiologists and interventional cardiologists who often perform procedures upon immunocompromised patients who are at increased risk for acquiring hospital acquired infections (HAI). In the United Kingdom, HAI constitute a substantial financial burden up to 1000 million euro per year [1]. Patients with HAI remain in the hospital 2.5 times longer and incur higher personal costs than patients without [2].

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