Re: [echocardiography] Studies per 8 hour shift
Now that is ridiculous! Our lab does 7 patients a day. One patient every hour, and are lab is totally digital. I could just image how hard your techs are working.Michelle
--- On Tue, 4/30/13, William Carol <besea3@...> wrote:
From: William Carol <besea3@...>
Subject: Re: [echocardiography] Studies per 8 hour shift
Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 8:14 PMHand written reports are the bain of our echo existence.Loser, old school doctors and systems that don't embrace new technology are stuck in the past and need to be intellectually smacked in the back of the head!They live in this "I'm done learning" vacuum that hinders everything they should be trying to promote like speed, accuracy and actual patient care.Please print this response and leave it where they can see it if you want any action.I will be happy to respond to any rebuttals.William J. Carol, RDCS, RDMS, RVTOn Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 11:24 AM, gwenlyn <gwenlynlfs@...> wrote:Just would like some input on the number of studies acceptable in an 8 hour period in echo labs Our lab uses old HP/ Philips 5500 machines and still video tapes . We also do an extensive hand written report and several calculations manually. at this time studies are scheduled every 45 minutes and we are doing 10 a day, 5 days a week. Our sonographers are getting burned and hurting.
- Up until recently our echo lab has been doing bubble studies for all patients who have your basic TIA/CVA/stroke symptoms (i.e. confusion, vision disturbance, difficulties speaking, etc.). A few years ago we added bubble studies for those patients who had suffered from TGA (transient global amnesia). But lately we've been getting orders from hospitalists/generalists requesting bubble studies for patients experiencing dizziness, vertigo and/or near syncope. Now I'd always been under the impression that patients experiencing those kind of symptoms don't need a bubble study. Am I wrong to think this? I mean I'm still going to do the bubble study regardless (because the doctor ordered it) but I am curious as to the reason why a bubble study is needed.--Roger