nancy.... In our hospital based lab.... 7 procedures is probably an average per tech per 8 hr. day, however, clearly the volume of
procedures that a technologist can perform each working day depends on major variables including: is it an inpatient or outpatient,
the type of procedures and the type of office/tech support available to the technologist (e.g. patient transportation). In cases of
extreme high volume and low staff, however, I've seen each one of us crank out considerably higher volumes. All of us know we can
hustle higher volume when necessary....however, the quality of work and the quality of worklike would deteriorate rapidly if this were
standard practice. My comparison is like this..... i can eat a meal in < 5 minutes if i had to. Would I like to eat all my meals
like this .... NO.
We serve both patient populations in our hospital-based lab and the inpatients clearly take a larger portion of time when you factor in
getting pts out of wheelchairs, getting a urinal when needed, going portable, etc. etc. etc... Outpts (we call them walkie/talkies)
take far less time for the same procedures. In the case of a renal duplex, e.g.... once a tech completes training, he/she can all get
the outpt renals completed in one hour or less, including paperwork.. On the other hand, inpt. renals, especially, the patients in the
ICUs can eat up every bit of 1.5 hrs...because of the level of technical difficulty, hauling the system to the unit and back etc.
etc. Whatever standards the SVT ultimately comes up with, they may have to be adjusted to the unique properties of our individual
Nancy Hohn wrote:
> What would you say is a fair number of studies for a full time tech to do per day? I feel seven when the 1st three are abdominals.
> Nancy Hohn, RVT, RDCS
> Nebraska Heart Institute
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