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IJMDC. 2021; 5(5): 1114-1118

Medical staff awareness of radiation exposure and safety in Saudi health institutions 2020

Authors: Anita Rafique, Nada Alotaibi, Asma Alsuheel, Abrar AlAjlani.

ABSTRACT

Background: Diagnostic radiology plays an important role in the diagnosis of several diseases and health conditions such as bone fractures. The medical staff and patients are more prone to the adverse impact of radiation as they are exposed to radiation in some stations. The medical staff should have enough knowledge about radiation safety measures. The aim of this study was to measure the awareness of healthcare providers about radiation safety and exposure. Methods: This cross-sectional study included doctors, nurses, medical technicians, and support team personnel. The study was conducted in different healthcare institutions in Saudi Arabia during the year 2020 using an online questionnaire. Results: The current study included 423 medical staff of different specialties; the most predominant specialty were interns (38.6%). A few percent of the participated personnel attended the radiology awareness course (37.6%). A high percentage of the participating medical staff had low awareness (68.3%). Each profession, specialty, resident area, attending the radiology course, experience, the number of contact with the imaging examined patients, and the protection measures reported were determinants for the level of awareness of the medical staff. Conclusion: There was a low level of awareness among the medical staff regarding radiation safety and exposure; this can be attributed to the very low number of staff attending the awareness course of radiation.

Keywords:
Radiology awareness, safety, radiation exposure.


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Medical staff awareness of radiation exposure and safety in Saudi health institutions 2020


Authors
Anita Rafique
Department of Radiology, King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Nada Alotaibi
Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, Almaarefa University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Asma Alsuheel
Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, Almaarefa University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Abrar AlAjlani
Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, Almaarefa University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
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Correspondence to:
. Asma Alsuheel, Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, Almaarefa University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.; asma.alsuheel@gmail.com

Publication history
Received 25 Feb 2021
Accepted 15 Mar 2021
Published online 19 May 2021
Published in print 06 Jun 2021

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Rafique A, Alotaibi N, Alsuheel A, AlAjlani A. Medical staff awareness of radiation exposure and safety in Saudi health institutions 2020. IJMDC. 2021; 5(5): 1114-1118. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1609855318


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Rafique A, Alotaibi N, Alsuheel A, AlAjlani A. Medical staff awareness of radiation exposure and safety in Saudi health institutions 2020. https://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=40745 [Access: July 25, 2021]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1609855318


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Rafique A, Alotaibi N, Alsuheel A, AlAjlani A. Medical staff awareness of radiation exposure and safety in Saudi health institutions 2020. IJMDC. 2021; 5(5): 1114-1118. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1609855318


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Rafique A, Alotaibi N, Alsuheel A, AlAjlani A. Medical staff awareness of radiation exposure and safety in Saudi health institutions 2020. IJMDC. (2021), [cited July 25, 2021]; 5(5): 1114-1118. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1609855318


Harvard Style

Rafique, A., Alotaibi, . N., Alsuheel, . A. & AlAjlani, . A. (2021) Medical staff awareness of radiation exposure and safety in Saudi health institutions 2020. IJMDC, 5 (5), 1114-1118. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1609855318


Turabian Style

Rafique, Anita, Nada Alotaibi, Asma Alsuheel, and Abrar AlAjlani. 2021. Medical staff awareness of radiation exposure and safety in Saudi health institutions 2020. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 5 (5), 1114-1118. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1609855318


Chicago Style

Rafique, Anita, Nada Alotaibi, Asma Alsuheel, and Abrar AlAjlani. "Medical staff awareness of radiation exposure and safety in Saudi health institutions 2020." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 5 (2021), 1114-1118. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1609855318


MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Rafique, Anita, Nada Alotaibi, Asma Alsuheel, and Abrar AlAjlani. "Medical staff awareness of radiation exposure and safety in Saudi health institutions 2020." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 5.5 (2021), 1114-1118. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1609855318


APA (American Psychological Association) Style

Rafique, A., Alotaibi, . N., Alsuheel, . A. & AlAjlani, . A. (2021) Medical staff awareness of radiation exposure and safety in Saudi health institutions 2020. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 5 (5), 1114-1118. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1609855318


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