you are here: home > About Us > Health Tips

Caring for Clients who have had Radiation Therapy.

!!! CARER ALERT !!!

Caring for clients who have had radiation therapy

1. Universal Precautions should be used AT ALL TIMES!!! Refer to:

  • “Standard Precautions” attachment
  • “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
  • Gown
  • 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 CLIENTS SURROUNDINGS!!!

4. KEEP THE CLIENTS 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 – refer to the attached documents provided for information that may be provided to client, as follows:

  • “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.

Useful Links

What is Mesothelioma

National Disability Services
http://www.nds.org.au

Muscular Dystrophy Australia
http://www.mda.org.au

Carers Australia
http://www.carersaustralia.com.au

Working With Children Application
WWC Application Form

Testimonials

Contact Newlake Health Service: 1300 654 714

Contact

Phone: 02 6651 3153

Fax: 02 6651 9346

Mobile: 0418 425 504

Location

Unit 2 / 84-90 Industrial Drive
Coffs Harbour NSW 2450

PO Box 1872, Coffs Harbour NSW 2450

Click here for location map >>

Social Networking


© Subee Pty Ltd 2011 All Rights Reserved :: Website by Giant Media :: ADMIN