Proper Use and Storage of Lead Aprons
For individuals who perform x-ray examinations or work in rooms where x-rays are used, lead aprons can reduce the radiation exposure to an individual by over 90%. The use of lead aprons becomes even more important as the number of procedures you are involved in increases, the distance between you and the x-ray field decreases, and if you are involved in fluoroscopically-guided x-ray procedures. The amount of scatter radiation near the source of x-rays (i.e. the procedure table), especially for cases involving higher fluoro times, can result in elevated staff radiation doses. For staff involved in fluoroscopy procedures, use of lead apron and thyroid shields is very important. Consistent use of Pb equiv garments reduces radiation exposure substantially, keeping staff dose as low as practical.
To ensure that lead aprons and thyroid shields provide the best protection possible, it is important to store them properly. Improper storage can lead to creases, and eventually cracks in the lead, which diminishes the protection factor. Special racks and hangers should be provided in all x-ray imaging areas. They are designed to hang aprons and thyroid shields without causing harm or damage.
Email info@zzmedical with any questions that you may have regarding the use and storage of x-ray protective accessories and garments.
Mobile Lockers to Secure Your Aprons
It is not uncommon to walk through a facility and see lead aprons lying on the ground or hanging over a chair. However, this is not the best way to ensure the longevity of your apron. Improper storage can cause wear to the outer fabric and degradation to the integrity of the lead core. INFAB lead apron lockers provide a safe and secure storage solution, featuring steel hangers, a hanging rod, and the ability to lock the doors. With a digitized keypad lock, you do not have to worry about carrying around keys to access your aprons. In addition, you can set up three passwords with secure access for your staff.
The battery-operated digital keypad locks the top and bottom of the doors with a T-Handle, 2-cable latch-and-release design. All lockers include an additional backup battery for emergency power supply. INFAB designs lead apron lockers with lightweight aluminum walls and panels, secured with durable steel brackets and hardware. We build each model to withstand the weight and frequent access to your aprons. Four hospital-grade wheels make it easy to move around the room. In addition, two of the wheels lock to hold it in place.
Lead apron lockers are available to fit 5, 10, and 20 aprons. Hangers are included with each locker, giving you everything you need to store your aprons.
Locker widths range from 16″ (5-Apron), 32″ (10-Apron) to 65″ wide (20-Apron). All lockers are 65″ tall, providing plenty of space to store your full-length aprons.
Lead apron lockers provide a safe and secure way to store your lead aprons. Maximize the life of your aprons by ensuring they are appropriately stored. Choose the best size model for your team and upgrade your apron storage system today.