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Use of Disposable Radiation-absorbing Surgical Drapes Results in Significant Dose Reduction During EVAR Procedures

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Throughout 36 endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) procedures, dose measurements were taken to evaluate the reduction RADPAD shielding provided. Results showed that scatter radiation was significantly lower at the interventionalists hands and chest as well as the theatre nurse’s chest.
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Editor’s Choice – Use of Disposable Radiation-absorbing Surgical Drapes Results in Significant Dose Reduction During EVAR Procedures

C. Kloeze
E.G. Klompenhouwer
P.J.M. Brands
M.R.H.M. van Sambeek
P.W.M. Cuypers
J.A.W. Teijink
Published: January 21, 2014DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejvs.2013.12.008

 

Objectives

Because of the increasing number of interventional endovascular procedures with fluoroscopy and the corresponding high annual dose for interventionalists, additional dose-protecting measures are desirable. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of disposable radiation-absorbing surgical drapes in reducing scatter radiation exposure for interventionalists and supporting staff during an endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) procedure.

 

Materials

This was a randomized control trial in which 36 EVAR procedures were randomized between execution with and without disposable radiation-absorbing surgical drapes (Radpad: Worldwide Innovations & Technologies, Inc., Kansas City, US, type 5511A). Dosimetric measurements were performed on the interventionalist (hand and chest) and theatre nurse (chest) with and without the use of the drapes to obtain the dose reduction and effect on the annual dose caused by the drapes.

 

Results

Use of disposable radiation-absorbing surgical drapes resulted in dose reductions of 49%, 55%, and 48%, respectively, measured on the hand and chest of the interventionalist and the chest of the theatre nurse.

 

Conclusions

The use of disposable radiation-absorbing surgical drapes significantly reduces scatter radiation exposure for both the interventionalist and the supporting staff during EVAR procedures.

 

What this paper adds:

 

Because of the increasing number of endovascular procedures with fluoroscopy, the corresponding high annual dose for interventionalists, and the European directive (ICRP 2011) requiring a lower annual radiation dose to the eye lens, additional dose-protecting measures are desirable for all operating staff during endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR). The effect of disposable radiation-absorbing surgical drapes has never been studied before in a randomized controlled setting during endovascular procedures for AAA repair. This study evaluates the effect of these drapes on the annual dose to the interventionalist and supporting staff.

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