OBJECTIVE: To assess the standard of personnel radiation monitoring practice in North Eastern Nigeria and determine the role played by the hospital management in assisting radiation workers to conform to standards.
METHOD: The study was a cross-sectional survey. Medical Radiation workers in tertiary hospitals in North Eastern Nigeria completed a questionnaire purposely designed to assess personnel radiation monitoring practice. A sample of n=50 participants were recruited over a three month data collection period, and data was analyzed using SPSS version 16.0 (IBM, New York, USA).
RESULT: Forty one questionnaires were returned filled, representing a return rate of 82%. Ninety five percent of the respondents worked without being monitored, majority (70.72%) spent 7.5-9 hours in the work place. Sponsorship for training in radiation protection was extended to only 15% of the respondents by the hospital management. 63%t and 68% of the respondents had no quality assurance tests and room survey conducted in their departments respectively.
CONCLUSION: The audit revealed poor standards of application of best personnel radiation monitoring practices. Establishment of more training centers, organization of periodic seminars, and inspection of radiological centers in the study locality were identified as being crucial for improvement of the practice.
Keywords: Audit, personnel monitoring, ionizing radiation and radiation protection.
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