Really, body fluids are no joke…
After spending numerous dollars and numerous hours in FDA process methodology to align our ISO driven focus in Biocompatibility ISO 10993-1, a clean report. Once again, RC Imaging products have been vetted and proven safe, durable, and best in industry. That is no reason to be complacent of what happens in the real world, every day in Rad Rooms. Blood borne pathogens and body fluid exposure precautions should be consistently used for all patients. Sounds too obvious, especially after 60+ credit hours plus clinical lab time plus exam after exam plus ethical requirements, and who knows how many hours of practical OTJ processes you’ve mastered.
Now comes the human side of the equation; your patients and patience.
There is not an IP rating in the world that counts adhesion of substances, it’s all about ingress (see immersion). Most DR panel manufacturers are wrapped around the axle with weight distribution superiority and high IP ratings, all valid features in producing medical X-ray components and sets the bar for differentiating features/benefits. Direct skin contact with medical devices that are used numerous times across a variety of locations across a myriad of image subjects is due cause for mysophobia. I feel icky just writing about it.
Back to the human side of my discussion.
Artifacts in the imaging acquisition chain are troublesome enough without the cause being simple process adherence. Take the time to protect your patient, time to protect your five figure DR detector investment, time to prep and prevent errors. Your technique and patient focus will prevail when steps are taken and repeated that produce successful image acquisition.
Be proactive, WRAP IT and BAG IT.