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Holding Patients / Needle Disposal / Communicable Disease Policy / Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

Holding Patients / Needle Disposal / Communicable Disease Policy / Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation


A student shall not hold or restrain patients, or support an image receptor during radiographic exposures. If the patient or an image receptor must be held during an x-ray exposure, such persons shall be provided with protective aprons and gloves and be positioned such that the attenuated useful beam does not strike any part of the holder's body. The student is encouraged to employ positioning devices such as tape, sandbags, sheets, etc.

Revised 1/18


Students must adhere to the clinical education center needle disposal policy. Currently the policy is to NOT cap needles. The uncapped needle/syringe is placed in the red SHARPS containers provided. Students are informed of this policy prior to entering the clinical area in Orientation/RADSC 295 (01,04,07) and subsequently in the IVP/Sterile Labs presented in RADSC 295-04 and finally in the special procedures labs in RADSC 295-05.

In RADSC 295-07 an in depth lab is presented to provide the student with the theory and practice of the basic techniques of venipuncture utilizing aseptic measures. Students must demonstrate 5 successful venipunctures on a phantom arm.


Students will adhere to the current clinical education center policy on Blood and Body Fluid Precautions. The clinical education centers have policies based on the guidelines recommended by the Communicable Disease Center (CDC). Students are made aware of these restrictions/procedures during orientation and prior to any patient contact. Orientation material also includes isolation procedures and infection control measures.


All students entering the Radiologic Science Program must be certified in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). This certification must either be through the American Red Cross (CPR for the Professional Rescuer) or American Heart Association (Basic Life Support for the Healthcare Provider).  Students are responsible for completing CPR instruction and obtaining certification before the start of their first semester classes in the fall.   Students are responsible for keeping their CPR certification up to date while enrolled in the program. Students not maintaining their CPR certification will not be permitted to participate in clinical internship.

Revised 03/05/2007