10.4 Brachytherapy Patient Medical Emergencies

Emergency medical care should not be delayed because of radioactive source implants.  Inform the medical staff performing the emergency procedure(s) of the patient’s radioactive source implant status and radiation exposure level.  Contact the attending or on-call Radiation Oncologist immediately and notify EHS as soon as possible in the event of any of the following:

  • If a patient containing implanted radioactive sources has a medical emergency. 
  • If a patient containing implanted radioactive sources requires emergency surgery or is moved to another room.
  • If an implanted radioactive source(s) or the applicator containing the source(s) becomes loose or separated from the patient.