Radioprotection Campaign and Card: Educational Strategies That Reduce Children’s Excessive Exposure to Radiological Exams

Abstract

OBJECTIVES To analyze the results of an initiative aimed at improving the reasonable use of radiological examinations, ensuring their technical quality, implementing a radioprotection campaign that includes training of the professional team, and introducing the radioprotection card for children under 12 years old as a tool for parents and doctors to control children's exposure to radiation. METHODS The study was held in a health care insurance system covering 140,000 people. A radioprotection campaign was implemented according to Image Gently • protocols, ensuring the lowest dose of radiation and the quality of examinations, and the radioprotection card was implemented. To assess the effectiveness of these actions, the number of radiological examinations performed at the pediatric emergency room in a period of one year preceding the campaign was compared with the number of radiological examinations performed one year after the campaign. RESULTS The campaign was well accepted by all professionals, families, and patients involved. In the year following the implementation of radioprotection strategies, there was a 22% reduction of radiological examinations performed at the pediatric emergency room. There was also a 29% reduction in the request of two or more radiological examinations for the same child or examinations with two or more incidences. CONCLUSIONS The campaign and the radioprotection card for children under 12 years old proved to be feasible strategies and correlated with a reduction in radiological examinations requested and performed at the pediatric emergency room.

DOI: 10.1590/1984-0462/;2017;35;2;00011

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@inproceedings{Bernardo2017RadioprotectionCA, title={Radioprotection Campaign and Card: Educational Strategies That Reduce Children’s Excessive Exposure to Radiological Exams}, author={M{\^o}nica Oliveira Bernardo and Fernando Antonio de Almeida and Flavio Morgado}, booktitle={Revista paulista de pediatria : orgao oficial da Sociedade de Pediatria de Sao Paulo}, year={2017} }