Reducing Radiological Exposure

Overview of the clinical considerations of the use of radiation in the OR and the guidelines for developing and implementing measures to prevent radiation injury.

Radiological procedures are valuable diagnostic and treatment tools; however, the use of radiation in the perioperative setting introduces a variety of safety concerns for both patients and staff. All types of radiation can cause tissue damage and may lead to long-term adverse effects. Because of these factors, it is important that both patients and staff are protected from unsafe levels of radiation.


After successfully completing this module, the perioperative RN will be able to identify safe nursing practices to implement when caring for patients with transmissible infections and to reduce the risks of spreading infection in the perioperative setting.


  • Identify modes of transmission of organisms found in the perioperative environment.
  • Identify ways to minimize the spread of infection in the perioperative environment.

Course Requirements

To receive 1.8 contact hours for this course, you must achieve mastery of the content and submit an evaluation as instructed at the end of the course. This course contains 68 questions.

Contact Hours

The 1.8 contact hours for this course will expire October 6, 2017.


This program is approved for 1.8 hours of AEU credit by BASC provider #0102.

Funded through the AORN Foundation and supported by a grant from PDI.

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AORN is Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 13019. 

Disclaimer: AORN recognizes these activities as continuing education for registered nurses. This recognition does not imply that AORN or the American Nurses Credentialing Center approves or endorses products mentioned in the activity.