Caring for clients who have had radiation therapy
1. Universal Precautions should be used AT ALL TIMES!!! Ask for the following handouts:
“Information for Caregivers working with patients treated with radioactive iodine (131I.)”
2. Utilise the equipment provided to eliminate the risk of exposure, equipment to wear when caring for the patient OR handling body secretions includes:
Gloves – double glove if required
Mask with eye protection OR a general mask and goggles together
Shoe covers – if provided (not essential)
3. DO NOT TAKE YOUR OWN FOOD OR DRINK INTO THE CLIENT’S SURROUNDINGS!!!
4. KEEP THE CLIENT’S ITEMS ISOLATED TO THEIR OWN ENVIRONMENT – DO NOT TAKE ANYTHING OUT OF THE CLIENTS SURROUNDINGS!!!
5. Washing of clothing/bed linen, dirty dishes, client equipment etc. can still be attended to, providing you are wearing your PPE.
6. Reduce the risk of further infections for the client – refer to Information Sheet “What You Need to Know – Neutropenia and Risk for Infection”.
7. EDUCATE THE CLIENT – ask for information that may be provided to client:
“How should I care for myself during Radiation Therapy?”
“Safety for the patient and family”
“Tips for Keeping Safe at Home with Chemotherapy”
Information Sheet – “What You Need to Know – Neutropenia and Risk for Infection”.
8. CONTACT YOUR LOCAL OFFICE IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS REGARDING YOURSELF OR THE CLIENT