I was asked to respond on camera to a news segment for a Charlotte
evening news program in 1998. They had attended one of the "screenings" and
videotaped the equipment and "technologists". The person performing the
screenings stated that they were registered on camera, however under further
prodding they admitted to being registered in another modality, not
vascular, however, they were REGISTRY ELIGIBLE. The manager (not sure if
that was his actual title) also stated when I called him pretending to be a
potential customer, that all persons were registered.......... by Ultrasound
Diagnostic School in Tampa, FLA. Now.......I don't think I am wrong, but I
don't believe that UDS is in the Ultrasound registry business. I think this
was a direct and intentional misleading statement to gain business.
Also, the examinations were performed with an ATL model which I had
never seen. Carotids were being performed with a 5MhZ sector cardiac
transducer. I timed one examination....from the start of gel on the neck,
the technologist exclaimed in all of 5 seconds that the patient was free of
disease since his number was under 100.
I had the pleasure of working with another sonographer who worked for
the company also prior to joining our facility, she joined our
echocardiography laboratory with NO registries. She obtained her RCS while
working with our facility. Her wishes were to cross train into our vascular
laboratory, so we obliged. Now this person had WORKED screening pts with
Life Line Screening. She had no idea what she was doing. We trained her for
a few months until she realized all that she did not know and gave it up.
She currently performs echo only.
As I stated earlier, most of this was in 1998. You stated that new
management has taken over and that the service is much better now. I think
that what you do could be a positive endeavor under proper management and
PROPERLY credentialed persons.
Our lab had also performed followups on clients that had attended Life
Line Screening examinations. At first the results were not correlating at
all (carotid only is what we were referred) but towards the end it was about
50/50. I haven't seen one in over a year now to comment on at this time.
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