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MERU Publications

 

Patient Radiation Protection Manual Template 2013

The National Radiation Safety Committee (NRSC) is tasked with providing expert advice to the CEO, HSE on the medical use of ionising radiation. The NRSC recommended in 2010 that all Holders keep a Radiation Protection Manual onsite.

The Manual was developed by the Medical Exposure Radiation Unit (MERU) using an evidenced-based approach where possible. The Manual has been piloted in a number of locations and a broad consutation has taken place.

The purpose of this Manual template is to support the practical application of the safe and optimal use of medical ionising radiation for patients. The Manual is designed to be a working document which locations will add to and adapt to their own needs.

By adapting this manual, the service provider has an assurance that they have arrangements in place to inform the continuous improvement of the safety of the service.

A full version is available for download by selecting the link below.

Patient Radiation Protection Manual Template 2013.

The Manual is also available to print by section.

RP Manual Introduction

Section 1 Governance and Workforce

Section 2 Radiology Equipment and Reports

Section 3 Incident Reporting and Learning

Section 4 Patient Pregnancy Protocols

Section 5 Patient Protocols

Section 6 Clinical Audit

Section 7 Diagnostic Reference Levels

References

 

Updates to RP Manual 2014

In July 2014 an update to the Manual was circualted to all locations using medical ionising radiation. The update "Guidance for Holders on Criteria for Acceptability for Radiological Equipment" is an information page to be inserted into the RP Manual under section 2 "Radiology Equipment and Reports" (page 5).

Guidance for Holders on Criteria for Acceptability for radiological Equipment

In December 2014 a second update to the manual was circulated to all locations using medical ionising radiation. The update " Diagnostic Reference Levels (DRLs)" is an update for section 7 of the Manual. This updated version (pages 3 to 15) replaces pages 3 to 8 of the manual.

Diagnostic Reference Levels

 

Other MERU Publications

National Survey of Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry Services in Ireland 2014.pdf (size 347 KB)

Formal Baseline Clinical Audit of Chiropractic Practices in Medical Ionising Radiation Protection as required under Statutory Instrument 478 (2002) - Survey Chiropractic Practices 2012

Formal Baseline Clinical Audit of Current Practice in Medical Ionising Radiation Protection as required under Statutory Instrument 478 (2002) - Survey 1 of 3: Radiology

Formal Baseline Clinical Audit of Current Practice in Medical Ionising Radiation Protection as required under Statutory Instrument 478 (2002) = Survey 2 of 3: Radiotherapy

Final Report of the HSE Task Force on Implementation of Statutory Instrument 478 (2002) and Statutory Instrument 303 (2007) April 2008

Population Dose from CT Scanning: 2009

Population Dose from Dental Radiology 2010

Dental Review of Compliance 2010

Chiropractic Baseline Audit 2012

Population Dose from General X Ray and Nuclear Medicine 2010

Notifiable Incident Report MERU 2010- 2012.

National Audit of Medical Radiological and Radiotherapy Practices (2012)

 

Annual Reports of the NRSC

NRSC Annual Report 2016

NRSC Annual Report 2015

NRSC Annual Report 2014.pdf (size 557.2 KB)

NRSC Annual Report 2013

NRSC Annual Report 2012

NRSC Annual Report 2011

NRSC Annual Report 2010

NRSC Annual Report 2009

NRSC Annual Report 2008

Medical Council Guidelines

Medical Council Criteria for Clinical Audit

Dose Constraints for 'Helpers' (Comforters and Carers) Position Paper Adopted by Medical Council 3 September 2004

Medical Council Policy Document on the Use of Medical Ionising Radiation

Protocols for Standard Radiological Practice - Good Practice Guidelines

Fluoroscopic Devices (Art. 18.2 of SI 478 (2002)

Medical Council of Ireland Core Policy - August 2005

Guidance on Medical Exposures in Medical and Biomedical Research

Guidance for Protection of Unborn Children and Infants Irradiated due to Parental Medical Exposures

X-Rays - Benefits and Risks

Diagnostic Reference Levels Position Paper Adopted by Medical Council 3 September 2004

Faculty of Radiologists Criteria 532008121715

Medical Council Newsletter - Do you know your legal responsibilities when you request x-rays?

 

Other reports

COMARE report on CT Scanning