[ RadSafe ] I-131 Patients and Taxi driver

John Jacobus crispy_bird at yahoo.com
Wed Feb 13 21:13:43 CST 2008

I would first ask what would be the taxi driver's exposure be?  Decisions should be based on exposures, not on whether or not the patient is radioactive.

Sandy Perle <sandyfl at cox.net> wrote:  It would be ethical to notify anyone of an impending exposure. The patient would more likely not receive a ride home. This is another example for the need of public education.

Sandy Perle 

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-----Original Message-----
From: Moshe Levita 
Sent: Wednesday, February 13, 2008 5:48 AM
To: radsafe at radlab.nl
Subject: [ RadSafe ] I-131 Patients and Taxi driver

Dear Colleagues,

When I-131 treated patients leaves the hospital they are not allowed to use
public transportation for a few days.

Normally they return home with a member of their family, but if non is available,

we allow them to take a taxi (as long as the traveling time is less than 1 hour).

IAEA BSS 115 Allows comforters of patients to receive a maximum dose of 5 mSv, and the

driver (is he a comforter ?) will not be exposed to that amount.

The question, do we have to inform the taxi driver that his passenger is radioactive ?

Thank you,

Moshe Levita

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