Back in 1990 when I was first learning carotids (on the Diasonics 400) it
took me almost 90 minutes per exam . My mentor ( Her name was Ruth Meyer
RDMS/RVT at Nanticoke MH in Seaford DE.), could do the same uncomplicated
exam in <20 minutes. Carotids were scheduled in 60 minute time slots. She
once told me that she probably could have them scheduled in 30 minute slots,
and still do a quality job.
I rolled my eyes in awe and disbelieve.
She commented that it was a one -machine department , however. If management
wanted two machines, they would have to purchase another unit...she had no
intention of becoming one! Over the years, (albeit with Color Flow, and
much better equipment!) I also achieved the <20 min carotid. When I train
sonographers to do carotids, I tell them the same thing that Ruth told me :
" If they want a machine, they will have to go out and purchase one, they
didn't purchase me."
Rich Dempsey RDMS/RVT
----- Original Message -----
From: "Coni Lucas" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, February 26, 2001 7:32 PM
Subject: Re: Tech Volumes
> I've worked in a variety of labs with as many differing factors. One
> director insisted I spend at least an hour on a carotid exam or the
> was being cheated. Where I am now the "medical director" freaks out if we
> spend more than 5-6 minutes on a normal carotid. I do what I feel is best
> for my abilities and the patient's care. A lot depends on equipment,
> transport, paperwork, etc etc. You get the picture. I don't think its
> to accuse another tech of doing substandard studies because they do more
> patients than another tech feels is the "appropriate number". We all have
> varying degrees of abilities. Lighten up!
> Coni Lucas RVT