Which client should be assigned to the pregnant nurse (if the registered nurse is unavailable)?
A. The client receiving linear accelerator radiation therapy for lung cancer. B. The client with a radium implant for cervical cancer. C. The client who has just been administered soluble brachytherapy for thyroid cancer. D. The client who returned from placement of iridium seeds for prostate cancer
The patient is receiving linear accelerator radiation treatment for lung cancer. Several organizations have published information for patients undergoing radiotherapy about the safety of subsequent contact with pregnant women. The safety advice depends upon the type of radiotherapy the patient is receiving.
Radiation doses that are delivered to a developing fetus, as a result of this type of therapy can be potentially devastating. The consequences of not complying with the proper precautions should be strongly emphasized to the patient. Radiation exposure during early pregnancy shouldn’t result in any harm to the unborn fetus.
The client receiving linear accelerator radiation therapy for lung cancer -the pregnant nurse should not be assigned to any client with radioactivity present. the client receiving linear accelerator therapy travels to the radium department for therapy. the radiation stays in the department, so the client is not radioactive. the client in other answer choices pose a risk to the pregnant nurse. these clients are radioactive in very small doses, especially upon returning from the procedures. for approximately 72 hours, the clients should dispose of urine and feces in special containers and use plastic spoons and forks