I just found out yesterday that a patient I've been working with all month long has been recieving radiation treatment through an implant!
Granted I don't work that much and really don't touch this gentleman. The fact is that there are 3 other pregnant women, and 2 that are activley TTC that are also being exposed to this same individual. There is NO SIGNAGE whatsoever on this mans door, and I had to DIG DIG DIG to actually find the truth in his chart, no easy to find sticky on the outside.
I was giving report to a male nurse and he asked why I had had him I was baffled until he informed me about his implant! I can't believe how negilgent my employer is right now.
I understand that it's a privacy issue and can't exactly post a radioactive sign on his door but there are color coded magnets that we place denoting that we should check the charts or speak with the director of nursing services and there is NOTHING.
Luckily he only recieves a very low dose, and I don't really physically touch him. It's just the fact of the matter, my exposure regardless of how little was totally avoidable by switching with another nurse had everyone been properly informed.
I have a call out to my OB to discuss issues that could arise because I keep getting different information.