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X-Ray Protective Apron Care- 9 Do's & Don'ts


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X-ray aprons serve a very specific purpose, to protect and shield you from the potentially harmful effects of ionizing radiation. Shielding, one of the three concepts of basic radiation safety, should always be used when the use of time and distance principles are not possible.

Protective x-ray aprons constructed of lead or a non-lead equivalent are designed to protect the radiosensitive areas of the body when it is necessary for the healthcare worker to be near the source of radiation. Typically, x-ray aprons will offer frontal protection of 0.5 mm lead equivalency. In some instances, wrap-around x-ray aprons are required when medical personnel will have their backs exposed to the radiation source.

By learning the proper way to maintain and care for your x-ray apron, you will ensure that you are properly protected and you will extend the life of the apron. Below are the four do’s and the five don’ts of proper x-ray apron care. After reading this post you will know how to keep your x-ray apron looking good, while keeping yourself protected against the harmful effects of ionizing radiation.

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X-Ray Protective Apron Care- 9 Do's & Don'ts

  1. 1. X-Ray Protective Apron Care 9 Do’s & Don’ts
  2. 2. #1 - Do Inspect & Check Apron Inspect and check apron for: ● Defects ● Cracks ● Creases ● Lumps ● Perforations
  3. 3. #2 - Do Clean Apron Regularly To prevent damage to apron: ● Only use a soft bristle brush & mild detergent ● Never use bleach ● Never soak or submerge in water ● Never autoclave, machine launder or dry- clean ● Hang apron to air dry
  4. 4. #3 - Do Properly Store Aprons Follow apron manufacturer’s recommendations ● Store aprons on hangers when not in-use ● Avoid storing aprons on a flat surface ● Aprons should be hung by the shoulder ● Never fold or crease aprons ● Always store with fasteners secured
  5. 5. #4 - Do Properly Dispose of Apron Lead Aprons are not conventional garbage ● If possible, recycle lead aprons ● Contact a recycling company or local landfill ● If recycling is not possible, lead aprons must be disposed of as a hazardous waste ● Contact a hazardous waste hauler
  6. 6. #6 - Don’t Wear Apron While Sitting Cracks in the lead lining can develop ● Avoid sitting while wearing apron ● Do not sit on the apron ● Unless aprons are designed for seated procedures (e.g. Urology Apron)
  7. 7. #6 - Don’t Expose To Extreme Temps To prevent damage to the apron: ● Avoid exposing apron to the extreme cold ● Avoid exposing apron to the extreme heat ● Avoid exposing apron to direct sunlight
  8. 8. #7 - Don’t Lean Against Sharp Edges To prevent puncturing the lead lining: ● Avoid storing pointed objects in the pockets ● Do not lean up against equipment ● Do not lean on pointed objects or sharp edges
  9. 9. #8 - Don’t Store Aprons Over Chairs To prevent creases from forming: ● Avoid laying aprons over chair backs ● Avoid placing aprons on equipment ● Avoid exposing apron to direct sunlight
  10. 10. #9 - Don’t Fold Aprons To prevent damage to the lead lining: ● Do not fold apron ● Do not wad apron ● Avoid creasing the apron
  11. 11. Ensure Reliable Apron Performance To ensure safe and reliable apron performance: ● Inspect apron upon receipt ● Follow apron inspection interval guidelines ● Store aprons properly when not in use ● Depending on wear and tear, most aprons should be evaluated for replacement every 18- 24 months
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