I am pleased to report that very soon, SVT will be able to offer help with
this question. We are in the midst of conducting two practice surveys -- of
our members and of staff at both accredited and non-accredited laboratories.
These surveys explore common practice, including the time devoted to every
element of vascular examinations, including "indirect" components of exams
(such as obtaining previous exam information; completing exam paperwork,
setting up room/equipment, obtaining patient and exam history from patient,
performing physical exam, arranging admission and transport, photocopying,
and reviewing all exam data for interpretation) and "direct hands-on"
In addition, we are developing standards of practice that set the amount of
time that SHOULD be spent on these elements of examinations.
Check in often to svtnet.org for news of our developments.
Executive Director, SVT
From: Ej Niemi Rn Rvt [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Wednesday, February 21, 2001 9:30 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Tech Volumes
In a message dated 2/21/01 5:23:41 PM Eastern Standard Time,
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I always had trouble with # of patient, because like you said there are some
that take 30 mins, some that take 1.5 hours. Or longer!! Thank you for this
measurement of time vs patient #. I argue this theory at least once a week
with our medical director. I am printing
this off as I am typing this response.
I have another question to go along with this. How much paper work do you
have to do after each patient? Do you dictate a "prelim" report, cut and
paste pics, handwrite a note--or whatever. & how do you calculate that time
into your EHU graph? Do you call or fax prelims to referring physicians at
the time of the study? In other words how much time do you allow for the
"extra" essentials not associated with taking care of your patient
face-to-face hands on scanning?
EJ Niemi RN RVT
(F) 336 333 2401