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Has anyone been in a situation where the office does not have a size 0 digital sensor therefore have to hold the sensor with their fingers 4 for PS4 small mouths. And if you were in the situation where you do this daily more than once obviously in a pediatric office how would you address this with the doctor?



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This is a tough one because we were all taught to never hold the sensor (or film) for a patient and be in the room while exposing radiographs. If the sensor needs to be held, the patient should hold it. However working in pedo, this isn’t really a great option!
 
I would suggest addressing this with the doctor by “sandwiching” the conversation. What I mean by sandwiching is, start the conversation with positive things (I love the office, our team works great together, etc.). Next, bring up your concerns about radiation exposure. For instance, due to the fact you don’t have a size 0 sensor you have to hold the sensor to get the shot, multiple times per day, causing excess radiation exposure. If you don’t have a dosimeter, this might be a good time to bring up the suggestion that everyone taking radiographs should be wearing one (realistically, the doctor should be providing one anyway). On a side note, if you do get dosimeters and they come back with a positive reading, the doctor has no choice but to fix the situation. This either means getting the proper sensors for the office or to be okay with “not getting the shot.” After voicing your concerns, end on another positive note, something like, “working here is great, I just want everyone to be safe.”
 
I should mention that OSHA requires employers to provide a safe work place and this includes limiting exposure to radiation. You could show your doctor information about this from the OSHA website. Again, if you do get dosimeters and they come back positive after testing and the doctor won’t remedy the situation, that’s when OSHA may need to be alerted to the situation.
 
Again, this is a tough topic to tackle, but being straight forward with your concerns to the doctor (including facts from OSHA’s website) is probably the best course of action. Best of luck!

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