10.5 Brachytherapy Patient Death

Contact the attending or on-call Radiation Oncologist immediately if a patient containing brachytherapy sources expires.  Notify EHS as soon as possible.

  • If the deceased contains a temporary implant, e.g., after-loaded sealed radioactive sources, the Radiation Oncologist should remove the radioactive sources and survey the body prior to transferring it to the hospital morgue.
  • If the deceased contains permanently implanted sealed sources, a record indicating the implanted radionuclide, date and quantity of implant, and the area of implant must be attached to the body prior to transfer to the hospital morgue.
  • Notify the hospital morgue prior to transferring a body containing radioactive sealed sources.