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
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?
COMARE report on CT Scanning