e-RADS, which can be accessed here, is aimed at those staff that work in areas where patients are exposed to x-rays or treated with radioactive substances who would not normally receive any formal training to work with radiation e.g. ward and theatre staff, porters and facilities, domestic staff. Staff who operate x-ray units should refer to the sessions in the e-IRMER project which can be accessed here.
e-RADS addresses the regulatory requirements of the Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999, which requires that staff who are not closely involved with the work involving ionising radiations are provided with suitable information to avoid being unnecessarily exposed.
e-RADS covers basic radiation safety for staff who come into contact with patients undergoing medical exposure to ionising radiations. It uses an interactive e-learning approach to improve the safety of staff by providing them with the information, knowledge and understanding of the different types of radiation sources that can be used within the hospital environment. It identifies the importance of following the safety precautions that are in place to reduce the risks associated with radiation and the basic principles associated with keeping their own exposure As Low As Reasonably Practicable (ALARP).
Topics covered in e-RADS include:
- Diagnostic imaging using x-rays (both planar imaging and fluoroscopy) and nuclear medicine
- Interventional radiography and cardiology
To download the project summary click here.