All radiotherapy students have to
undertake clinical placements. These are daunting and challenging experiences:
students have to deal with qualified staff, patients, and practices and
equipment that will differ from what they have been taught in the classroom. This new book gives students essential
practical advice to help them in these placements. It is intended as a
companion that students can carry and refer to; the format is small enough to
fit into the pocket of a uniform, and there is a section for students to make
their own notes.
Written by a recently qualified student, who was the Society of Radiographers
Student of the Year in 2013, this book is crammed with practical detail to help
all students get to grips with their clinical placements.
The correct uniform; The radiotherapy treatment room; Immobilisation devices; Hospital bins; Top tips; Sharps bin; How to make a permanent skin mark (tattoo); Effective communication; First day chat; Couch moves; Isocentre calculations; Laser positioning; Before setting up the patient; How to align the tattoos; Naming different beam angles; How can cancer spread?; Typical radiotherapy techniques; Tolerance doses; What is brachytherapy?; What is electron treatment?; What is orthovoltage and superficial X-ray therapy; What is IGRT?; What is IMRT; What is hormone therapy?; What is chemotherapy?; Chemotherapy side-effects; Radiotherapy side-effects; Blood values; Patient advice; Basic anatomy; Vertebral levels; Manual handling; Infection control; Basic life support; The recovery position; Medical terminology