Translating CMR Innovations to Impact Cardiovascular Care with a Dedicated Team
© Hembree et al. 2016
Published: 27 January 2016
Typical imaging centers performing cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) examinations involve staff rotating across a variety of procedures, which can limit consistency in proficiency and slow the incorporation of advanced cardiovascular protocols. We describe the design and implementation of a dedicated team to maximize efficiency, competency, and quality in a cardiovascular-dedicated MR center.
Administrative tasks needed to create a dedicated team were reviewed. Comparison data on outpatient exams performed 12 months prior and one month after implementation of a dedicated team of nurses along with technologists and physician staff was obtained. Time from arrival at registration to initial image acquisition was recorded for each exam, and staff satisfaction was measured on a 5-point Likert scale (1=highly dissatisfied, 5=highly satisfied). Wilcoxon rank-sum test was used to compare ordinal data.
Creation of a CMR-dedicated staffing team can be done with appropriate organizational buy-in and limited additional resources, improving staff satisfaction and efficiency. Further studies are warranted to assess the impact on study quality and program growth.
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