[ RadSafe ] RE: Deadly embrace: NRC policy can expose children to radioactivity

Clayton J Bradt cjb01 at health.state.ny.us
Wed Jan 7 13:08:24 CST 2009

With regard to instructions to patients:

People who feel lousy and are frightened to death are poor candidates for
following instructions.  Since these are common characteristics of thyroid
ablation patients, noncompliance with doctor's instructions, even if the
instructions are delivered in an easily understandable form (an unwarranted
assumption), is to be expected.  Therefore, any protocol that relies upon
patient compliance to prevent exposures to members of the public is doomed
to failure.

It should be assumed that any patient undergoing a nuclear medicine
procedure (diagnostic or therapeutic) hears nothing that the doctor tells
them - or at least has retained none of it by the time they leave the
hospital.  Treatment protocols that incorporate the contrary assumption are
simply not dealing in reality.

Clayton J. Bradt
dutchbradt at hughes.net

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