J.A.G. discloses a financial relationship with a company working on radiation protection systems. None of the other authors have identified a conflict of interest. The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Navy, Department of Defense, nor the U.S. Government.
Occupational health hazards in the interventional laboratory: Time for a safer environment
Article first published online: 12 FEB 2009
Copyright © 2009 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
Volume 73, Issue 3, pages 432–438, 15 February 2009
How to Cite
Klein, L. W., Miller, D. L., Balter, S., Laskey, W., Haines, D., Norbash, A., Mauro, M. A. and Goldstein, J. A. (2009), Occupational health hazards in the interventional laboratory: Time for a safer environment. Cathet. Cardiovasc. Intervent., 73: 432–438. doi: 10.1002/ccd.21801
- Issue published online: 12 FEB 2009
- Article first published online: 12 FEB 2009
- Manuscript Accepted: 2 OCT 2008
- Manuscript Received: 19 SEP 2008
This document is a consensus statement by the major American societies of physicians who work in the interventional laboratory environment. It reviews available data on the prevalence of occupational health risks and summarizes ongoing epidemiologic studies designed to further elucidate these risks. Its purpose is to affirm that the interventional laboratory poses workplace hazards that must be acknowledged, better understood, and mitigated to the greatest extent possible. Vigorous efforts are advocated to reduce these hazards. Interventional physicians and their professional societies, working together with industry, should strive toward minimizing operator radiation exposure, eliminating the need for personal protective apparel, and ending the orthopedic and ergonomic consequences of the interventional laboratory work environment. © SIR, 2009.