Objective: There is ample literature demonstrating significant health risks associated with radiation exposure, yet there is no standardized radiation safety training for Canadian orthopaedic surgery residents. This is the first national survey investigating the prevalence of radiation safety training and radiation safety practices in Canadian orthopaedic residency programs.
Methods: A nationaln online survey was distributed to orthopaedic residents currently enrolled in a Canadian program from all post-graduate (PGY) levels who were fluent in English or French with a medical doctorate or equivalent training. Fellows, international elective or observer ship students were excluded.
Results: Overall response rate across Canada was 41% (n=116). Most respondents (94%, n=102) were concerned about the negative effects of radiation, yet only 11% (n=12) felt confident with their radiation safety knowledge. Of the residents who felt confident in their knowledge, only 42% (n=5) answered all three radiation safety screening questions correctly. Overall, 58% (n=66) of respondents had undergone some form of radiation safety training. Compliance with protective lead was high (92%, n=93) when available, but 82% (n=92) of respondents cited issues accessing properly fitting lead. Only 18% (n=20) of orthopaedic residents reported routinely wearing dosimeters.
Conclusion: Limited access to properly fitting protective lead, poor radiation safety knowledge, and lack of routine radiation monitoring could be placing residents at risk for poor health outcomes in the future. These results provide impetus for orthopaedic residency programs across Canada to implement higher safety standards in the form of standardized radiation safety training, routine dosimeter use, improved lead availability, and continued abidance to radiation safety protocols.
Open Access Data Article
Journal of Orthopaedic Science and Research
Bourget-Murray J | Volume 3; Issue 2 (2022) | JOSR-3(2)-030 | Data Article
Citation: Schneider PS, et al. Assessment of Radiation Safety Training, Practices and Knowledge
amongst Canadian Orthopaedic Resident Training Programs. J Ortho Sci Res. 2022;3(2):1-12.
Assessment of Radiation Safety Training, Practices and
Knowledge amongst Canadian Orthopaedic Resident Training
Bourget-Murray J1, Gusnowski E1, Kooner S1, Kwong C1, Meldrum A1, Montgomery S1, Thomas K1,
Fruson L1, Kendal J1, Litowski M1, Sridharan S1, James M1, Ludwig T1, Purnell J1, Wong M1, You D1,
Benavides B1, Lukenchuk J1, Abbott A1, Morrison L1, Davison E1, Flanagan C1, Heard B1, Hewison C1,
Lienhard K1, Rondeau K1, Schneider P1*
1University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Surgery, Calgary, AB, Canada
*Corresponding Author: Prism S Schneider, MD, PhD, FRCSC, Associate Professor, Cumming School of
Medicine, University of Calgary, Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon, Department of Surgery and Department of
Community Health Sciences, McCaig Tower, 3134 Hospital Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta T2N 5A1, Canada;
Received Date: 30-04-2022; Accepted Date: 22-05-2022; Published Date: 29-05-2022
Copyright© 2022 by Schneider PS, et al. All rights reserved. This is an open access article distributed under the
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in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Objective: There is ample literature demonstrating significant health risks associated with
radiation exposure, yet there is no standardized radiation safety training for Canadian
orthopaedic surgery residents. This