Re: [Histonet] radioactive tissue disposal


Do you have a radiation safety officer at your facility? They would be
associated with the Safety Department or with one of the "radiation"
departments, such as nuclear medicine or brachitherapy.

They have a lot of training in this, lots of reference books, know all the
radiation regulations (handling, disposal, etc.), and/or can take the
radiation readings for you so you have documentation.

Peggy A. Wenk, HTL(ASCP)SLS
William Beaumont Hospital
Royal Oak, MI 48073

----- Original Message -----
From: "Dawn Cowie" 
To: "histonet" 
Sent: Tuesday, July 13, 2004 4:51 PM
Subject: [Histonet] radioactive tissue disposal

> hi netters,
> Does anyone know of any rules and reg's - CLIA, OSHA etc covering the safe
handling and disposal of radioactive sentinel lymph nodes. All I have been
able to find are CAP reccomendations. I am writing a policy to cover the
handling, storage and disposal of specimens where the patient has been
injected with technetium prior to surgery. The half life is 6 hours and they
are safe to dispose of after 60 hours. Any suggestions on where to get
references would be appreciated.
> Thanks,
> Dawn Cowie  HT
> Pensacola Pathologists.
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