Radiation Patients Endanger Public, Congressman Says

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media , October 21, 2010

Among the problems outlined in Markey's letter:

• Two states, Maryland and Massachusetts, say they have a compounded problem of radioactive contamination of waste management facilities such as landfills disposed by households of patients treated with I-131.

• In Illinois, a patient was released to a hotel in 2007 and contaminated the bed, linens and other items in both her room and throughout the hotel, radiation that was "only discovered because two nuclear power plant workers who were equipped with radiation monitors subsequently stayed in the same hotel and set off alarms when reporting to work."

• State inspections in 10 states, Arizona, California, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio and Pennsylvania, revealed that licensees were not performing required dose calculations to ensure they would not contaminate those they came into proximity with after their treatments.  The destinations for those patients after treatment were never recorded.

• Patients in many states said they went directly after radiation treatment to buildings where they used bathrooms or bedrooms they shared with pregnant women or children, and "may have exposed these vulnerable populations through their use of taxis or public transportation."

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4 comments on "Radiation Patients Endanger Public, Congressman Says"

MBR (10/21/2010 at 11:18 PM)
Whistle blowers are almost 100% put down as lunatics or idiots. I am a healthcare worker and have long wondered about radiation exposure when patients are tx in out-patient settings. I applaud Senator Markey for having the courage to speak up and begin the discussion, and perhaps testing, to better protect everyone involved with radiation treatments.

Michael (10/21/2010 at 5:06 PM)
Who is this guy, you might ask? Chairman of both the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming and the House Energy and Commerce Energy and the Environment subcommittee. He was instrumental in passing a cap-and-trade system, and probing the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. That helps explain the numerous fallacies in his statements regarding these life-saving radiation procedures. I have been in this field for 30 years, and what I am reading here is pure trash and pre-election hype.

Joanna (10/21/2010 at 11:31 AM)
Ignorant. It's the only thing that comes to mind after reading the article about radiation endangering the public. I sure hope Rep Markey or his family or loved ones, don't have to endure radiation treatments. What a pathetic and ignorant thing to say. Radiation treatments are NOT harmful. His cell phone emits more harmful radiation waves than a person undergoing radiation treatments. Typical uneducated comment.




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