X-Ray Patient Communication

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Patients are referred for an x-ray, by practitioners, if the benefit the information of a diagnostic image provides on the patient’s condition outweighs the risk of a dose of ionising radiation (IR(ME)R 2000); however this does not always mean patients are happy to have the procedure conducted. Verbally communicating with the patient after relaying the purpose of the procedure and any potential risks to obtain their consent respects their decision thereby presenting a patient centered approach (HCPC 2012). In a case that was observed by the student in the x-ray department of a local hospital, a patient who had been previously diagnosed with dementia, exhibited a struggle, refusing to have her wristband checked and her identification confirmed.

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