I agree. It's like saying " I have observed a foul with web feet that goes
quack, quack" And the interpreter states; "Could be a duck..... but rule out
goose or pelican!" Probably the greater question is not what the findings
are so much as do they correlate with the clinical condition for which the
patient was referred. That clearly is the physician's role.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Don Ridgway" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thursday, August 29, 2002 3:07 PM
Subject: Re: Reports (prelims)
> At Grossmont/Sharp Hospital, we met with the risk management and legal
> to establish what we could and could not give as preliminary report. The
> general idea was that we can communicate "Findings," not "Interpretation."
> In other words, just as a nurse can write a blood pressure reading into a
> chart, we can say "Lumen filled in the femoral and popliteal veins," or
> "Flow significantly accelerated in ICA," since these constitute
> observations, not conclusions.
> It gets a teeny bit slippery, of course, but it works out. It's always
> difficult when a doc demands a percent stenosis rather than a broad
> like 50-80%.
> Don Ridgway
> Grossmont Hospital
> Grossmont College
> > ----------
> > From: Richard A. Wyrens
> > Reply To: UVM Flownet
> > Sent: Thursday, August 29, 2002 9:44 AM
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: Reports (prelims)
> > Attn: Flownetters,
> > Here we go again!!.. How many of you leave preliminary reports on
> > the charts? Is the terminology important in so far as whether this
> > report is considered a sonographers interpretation of the exam just
> > completed or as I call it on the chart (sonographers impression) ???
> > We need to all be on the same page as to how much information to impart
> > to the chart and the physicians. Thanks for any input to give me some
> > insight into this problem. Ric Wyrens RVT
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