It’s After Hours - Who’s Interpreting That Study?
Expectations have changed dramatically, and rules have been implemented requiring rapid patient processing, imaging, and interpretation of stroke studies by trained specialists on a 24/7 basis. While you may be pleased to receive a report quickly, none of the neuroradiologists you recognize are in sight and the signature may be unfamiliar--and you may question just who is reading your patient's study, where they are located, and if they are competent. Is this a cause for concern?
Boarding Takes a Toll on Stroke Patients
Stroke patients held in the emergency department for 5 hours or more before being admitted to a neurologic intensive care unit had poorer neurologic outcomes than did those transferred more quickly, according to a Columbia University study presented at the annual congress of the Society of Critical Care Medicine.