Streamlining operation of an admitting service for interventional radiology

R. I. White, D. M. Rizer, K. R. Shuman, E. J. White, P. E. Adams, M. L. Kinnison, S. E. Mitchell, F. A. Osterman

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Abstract

The authors describe how operations of an inpatient admitting service for interventional radiology were improved by developing a clinic and hiring a physician's assistant. The service, begun in 1982, was managed by a seNior radiologist and fellows. Because of increasing admissions (from a mean of 52 per year in 1982-1985 to 110 per year in 1985-1987), a 1/2 -day, twice-weekly clinic was created in 1985 to evaluate new patients and perform follow-up examinations. In 1986 a physician's assistant was hired to assist in the clinic and during patient admissions. Use of the clinic and physician's assistant streamlined patient flow and management during hospitalization. This resulted in a decrease in mean length of stay for patients undergoing angioplasty (from 3.74 days in 1982-1983 to 2.41 days in 1986-1987). This decrease means cost savings for the hospital under the prospective payment system. Other benefits include improved physician-patient relationships and follow-up, new patients for colleagues (15% of patients had anatomy unsuitable for interventional procedures and were referred to staff surgeons), and increased professional fees.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)127-130
Number of pages4
JournalRADIOLOGY
Volume168
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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