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Cardiovasc Revasc Med. 2013 Jul-Aug;14(4):223-8. doi: 10.1016/j.carrev.2013.05.002. Epub 2013 Jun 10.

Occupational hazards of interventional cardiology.

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Center for Interventional Vascular Therapy, New-York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY 10032, USA.

Abstract

Complex catheter-based interventions and rising case volumes confer occupational risks to interventional cardiologists. Despite advances in technology, modern interventional procedures are performed in a manner remarkably similar to the techniques pioneered decades ago. Percutaneous interventions are associated with operator orthopedic injuries, exposures to blood borne pathogens, and the effects of chronic radiation exposure from fluoroscopy. This review highlights the occupational hazards of interventional procedures and provides a glimpse at the technologies and techniques that may reduce risks to operators in the catheterization laboratory.

KEYWORDS:

Cataracts; Catheterization; Fluoroscopy; Hazards; Malignancy; Orthopedic; Radiation; Risks

PMID:
23759715
DOI:
10.1016/j.carrev.2013.05.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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