Latest Radiation Protection Products Designed to Minimise the Spread of Covid-19

Discover How to Protect your Staff and Patients from Radiation and the Spread of Viruses Using our Latest Complete Lead Lined Product Range

To reduce the chance of radiation exposure and Covid-19 infection, radiation departments need to minimise the number of surfaces which patients and staff can come in contact with while ensuring the irreplaceable surfaces are clean and easy to wipe down with appropriate cleaning agents.

It goes without saying that the easier an item is to clean, the less chance there is of missing any potentially harmful particles present on the surface of the said item – whether that be dirt, dust or microbes such as bacteria and viruses. With this in mind, we’ve spent the past couple of months developing some innovative radiation protection equipment to minimise the outbreak of Covid-19 in your medical facility.

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The Importance of Radiation Protective Products in COVID-19 Prevention

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a growing need for solutions that can help minimise the spread of viruses and other harmful microorganisms. While there are several measures that individuals and organisations can take to reduce transmission, one area that has gained significant attention is the use of radiation-shielding products.

Now more than ever it’s important for medical areas in hospitals, dental practices and veterinary practices to do everything possible to keep their buildings clean and free from infection. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the most common way in which Covid-19 is transmitted from person to person is generally through airborne droplets via coughing and sneezing, as well as through contact with contaminated surfaces. This is particularly worrying for medical facilities with controlled radiation areas– where human contact with equipment is prevalent.

Benefits of Using Radiation Protection Products for COVID-19 Prevention

One of the main benefits of radiation shielding products is that they are required to make a physical barrier between the operator and the patient, composed of materials that are both dense and durable. This makes them effective at blocking harmful particles, including viruses like COVID-19. For example, Raybloc’s lead-lined doorsets and internal windows can create a physical barrier between people and help prevent the spread of the virus, whilst also being necessary for radiation safety regardless.

Another advantage of radiation shielding products is that they can be customised to meet specific needs. In the case of COVID-19 prevention, this means that products can be designed to fit the unique requirements of different environments. For instance, Frameless lead-lined operator screens can be installed in hospitals and clinics to provide protection for medical professionals who are working in close proximity to patients.

Choosing the Right Radiation Shielding Products for Your Needs

Raybloc offers the complete package in ionising radiation shielding from manufacture through to installation as well as aftercare. Of course, different rooms will require different kinds of radiation-protective products, specifically in the lead equivalence of these fixings. For example, a lead-lined operator screen is available up to code 6 (2.65 mm Pb) and can be manufactured up to 2.4m tall. Where a lead equivalence of greater than code 6 is required or a height greater than 2.4m, an internal viewing window and lead-lined partition will be more viable. Where ever radiation protection is needed, contact Raybloc for a robust and personal solution to your controlled area through our extremely streamlined service.

Innovative Designs and Features of the Latest X-ray Protection Solutions

Our new radiation protection product designs are better suited for a clean-room environment and have been specifically developed to meet the latest health technical memoranda (HTMs). The new hygiene-friendly designs are refreshingly modern in appearance, adding an aesthetically pleasing element to any clinical environment without compromising the full lead shielding capabilities of our products.

Unlike never before, our new X-ray protective fixed screens feature zero exposed fixings and a durable gloss coating from edge to face, while the frame that once enclosed the lead glass has been removed entirely to further reduce the number of edges on the screen. Similar upgrades can be seen on our X-ray protective mobile screens, with the lead glass in situ now being entirely flush with the body of the mobile screen.

All these upgrades help offer a minimal, wipe-easy surface area; removing dust traps that would’ve been present in older generations of operator screens/control booths. These welcome additions will help your medical facility save cleaning time and reduce the chances of ‘missing a spot’ which could lead to viral contamination. Our X-ray protective door sets have been upgraded too. Like the mobile screens, the latest version of our protective doors features flush-glazed vision panels. They work in perfect unison with their flush-mounted warning lights for an edgeless finished door leaf in any hygiene control area.

The Managing Director of Raybloc, Sean Haydon, said: “Radiation protection is an essential part of any medical facility that’s utilising radiation. However, with the new strains of coronavirus even more transmittable, it’s essential that medical facilities with radiation protection equipment, make the necessary upgrades to protect staff and patients against Covid-19.”

“With our new entire range of hygienically optimised radiation protection products, we’re hoping to help medical facilities not only minimise the risks of radiation but to protect everyone against infection too.”

To learn more about our new range of radiation protection products, get in touch with us today through email or by phone.

The Science Behind Radiation Shielding and its Effectiveness Against COVID-19

The same principles that make radiation-protective fixings effective against ionizing radiation can also be applied to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The virus is primarily transmitted through respiratory droplets that are released when an infected person talks, coughs, or sneezes. These droplets can travel through the air and can be inhaled by others who are nearby.

Radiation shielding products, such as lead-lined doorsets, internal windows, and X-ray operator screens, can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by creating physical barriers between people. The dense and thick materials used in these products can block or reduce the penetration of respiratory droplets, providing an additional layer of protection against the virus.

Additionally, X-ray shielding products can be customised to meet specific needs, such as providing protection for medical professionals who are working in close proximity to patients. X-ray operator screens, for example, can be installed in hospital rooms to provide a physical barrier between healthcare workers and infected patients.

It’s important to note that lead-lined products are not a replacement for other COVID-19 prevention measures, such as social distancing, personal protective equipment, and vaccination. However, they can provide an additional layer of protection and help reduce the risk of transmission in high-risk environments.

Final thoughts

Overall, radiation shielding products have proven to be a valuable tool in the fight against COVID-19. By providing physical barriers and blocking harmful particles, they can help reduce the spread of the virus and keep people safe. If you’re interested in learning more about how Raybloc’s products can help protect against COVID-19, be sure to check out our website or contact us directly for more information.

FAQs

What is the best protection from radiation exposure?

The best protection from radiation exposure depends on various factors such as the type of radiation, the dose, and the length of exposure. Where space is a concern such as an internal partition or an opening into a room, lead is a suitable protective material as it is relatively cheap, malleable and easy to construct with when compared to other dense metals. All of the products manufactured and installed by Raybloc are lead-lined to guarantee radiation protection to your required specification.

What are the best anti-radiation materials?

There are several materials that are effective at absorbing or scattering ionizing radiation and can be used for safety against radiation exposure. Here are some of the best anti-radiation materials:

  1. Lead: Lead is the most common and effective material for radiation shielding due to its high density and ability to absorb radiation.
  2. Concrete: Concrete is also a commonly used material for radiation shielding due to its high density and ability to absorb radiation. Concrete is often used to shield nuclear power plants and medical facilities where space is not a concern.
  3. Steel: Steel is another effective material for radiation shielding due to its high density and ability to absorb radiation. It is more expensive than lead but does not have to be concealed due to it being non-toxic.

It’s important to note that the effectiveness of anti-radiation materials depends on factors such as the type of radiation, the dose, and the duration of exposure. In addition, the thickness and quality of the shielding material are also important factors to consider when choosing the best anti-radiation material for a particular application.

How do I choose the right radiation protection products for my needs?

To determine what is best for your controlled area, it is best to seek the professional advice of an RPA (Radiation Protection Advisor). These medical physicists are experts in the field of radiation shielding and will be able to advise you on your.

What finish is best to prevent the spread of infection?

Of all the finishes available in our lead-lined doorsets, PVC encapsulation is the easiest to clean and provides the least edges for the likes of viruses, bacteria, and dust to become trapped and potentially spread. Combined with flush-glazing and flush-mounted LED warning lights, your doorsets will be easy to clean. As of 2023, Raybloc can also offer rebated meeting stiles on PVC-wrapped doorsets to further reduce anywhere for particles to gather.

To find out more about our X-ray door sets, download our eBook today.

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Do not skip corners when it comes to radiation protection. It is what shields you, your staff, and your patients from harmful radiation. There is no compromise when it comes to people’s lives.

Call today to speak to one of our x-ray protection experts on 01902 633383 or email enquiries@raybloc.co.uk

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