9.7 Radiopharmaceutical Therapy Patient Medical Emergencies

Emergency medical care should not be delayed because of radiopharmaceutical therapy.  Inform the medical staff performing the emergency procedure(s) of the patient’s radiopharmaceutical therapy status and radiation exposure level.  Contact the attending or on-call Nuclear Medicine physician immediately and notify EHS as soon as possible in the event of any of the following:

  • A patient containing therapeutic quantities of a radiopharmaceutical has a medical emergency. 
  • A patient containing therapeutic quantities of a radiopharmaceutical requires emergency surgery or is moved to another room.