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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 219-221

Radiation hazard in neonatal intensive care unit – covert menace to the innocent ones or the caregivers: Which is true?

Department of Neonatology, Manipal Hospital, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Dr. Shivashankar Diggikar
Department of Neonatology, Manipal Hospital, Bengaluru, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2249-4847.194174

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In the past decade, the survival of extremely premature and sick newborns has increased staggeringly so as the iatrogenic issues. The most evaded one is radiation hazard. The inherent sensitivity of the newborns to radiation makes them vulnerable to the adverse outcomes which are not forthwith and manifest later. Lack of standardized protocol for radiological examination will also add to the quandary. Caregivers and the nursing staff are also at risk if adequate precautions are not taken. International Commission on Radiological Protection and Commission of the European Communities have formulated certain recommendations for employment of proper radiation techniques and safety measures. It also helps reduce the undue apprehension of the caregivers and medical staff about their risk from radiation.

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