blreider at aol.com blreider at aol.com
Mon Jul 26 20:47:11 CDT 2010


You need to tell people what the isotope(s) you are dealing with are.

I don't know about smears but I had to do LSC of the blood dripping out of a wound once. Pu-239 was suspected.  The internal dosimtry of this is crude and guesswork at best.  With LSC you just use color quench curves and estimate the volume.  I also had to smear the glassware that caused the cut to see how much Pu-239 was on that.  Sometimes you have to use the best guess.  This was so long ago I have no tech basis available anymore, each case is so dirfferent that I don't know that you will find a one size fits all tech basis.  I'd be curious to know if you do find something.

Barbara Reider, CHP

-----Original Message-----
From: Kurtz, Jerry E <Jerry_E_Kurtz at RL.gov>
To: 'radsafe at health.phys.iit.edu' <radsafe at agni.phys.iit.edu>
Sent: Mon, Jul 26, 2010 3:22 pm
Subject: [ RadSafe ] BLOOD SMEARS

Does anyone require the use of blood smears, in addition, or in lieu of, wound 
ounting, when a cut or puncture occurs in a posted area established for 
ontamination control (Contamination Area, High Contamination Area, Airborne 
adioactivity Area, and Radiological Buffer Areas).
Follow up - if they require blood smears, do you have a technical basis 
ocument/procedure/policy that can be shared.

Ken McLain
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