We ask the NRC to immediately issue interim guidance on these three items
- Patients must be informed when they have experienced a radiation safety- and procedure-significant extravasation. This is a basic patient right. They need to know as soon as it happens to mitigate tissue damage. And they need to know how much radiation has entered their tissue, so they better understand the impact to their procedure and care.
- Patients must be provided with simple, written information to help identify symptoms of extravasation injuries, and they must know when these symptoms might appear. Often there are no visible symptoms of underlying tissue injury.
- Patients must be given written instructions from their provider explaining where to go and whom to talk to if they experience symptoms. This is necessary to ensure that their suspected radiation injury is, in fact, reported to NRC.