Use of X-ray fluoroscopy in orthopedic operations: The patient's perspective.
Bottom Line: Results showed that most of the patients were unaware of the fact that they were X-rayed during the operation; hence the emphasis on informed consent should be stressed.Most of the patients were unaware about the availability of any protective clothing (lead shield).Even some female patients were unaware of the harmful effects of the radiation on the fetus.
Affiliation: Blackpool Victoria Hospital, Blackpool, UK;
We collected data from 50 patients who had orthopedic trauma surgery involving X-ray fluoroscopy. All patients were interviewed post-operatively. The aim of the study was to find out what patients thought of orthopedic trauma surgery, the radiation involved, and their concerns post-trauma surgery. Were they given information about the procedures? Did the surgery follow the Department of Health, UK guidelines? That is, consent should be informed, etc. Results showed that most of the patients were unaware of the fact that they were X-rayed during the operation; hence the emphasis on informed consent should be stressed. Most of the patients were unaware about the availability of any protective clothing (lead shield). Even some female patients were unaware of the harmful effects of the radiation on the fetus. Hence, we recommend that more information and education be given to orthopedic trauma patients regarding X-rays.
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Mentions: The age of the patients was between 13–80 years, and their native language was English. The doctor interviewed patients. Patient queries were answered. The surgical procedures included: Dynamic hip screw, K-wire fixation, manipulation, open reduction, and internal fixation. All patients were interviewed 2–3 days post-operatively. Patients used a specifically designed questionnaire to ask and answer questions.2 The study was performed in two orthopedic wards of a busy district’s general hospital. In total, seven questions were asked (Figure 1). The first question was about the general information and understanding the patient had about X-rays.1 The next three questions were about information given to them about the X-rays before the operation. The remaining three questions were about X-rays in the pregnant patients.
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