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Emergency Department CT Scanner

Krin135 at aol.com Krin135 at aol.com
Sat Apr 14 07:21:10 BST 2012

I've worked in EDs where there was a CT scanner in or adjacent to the  
department. Works much better than having to transport patients any distance,  
but make sure that they have the access end of the scanner positioned for 
*easy*  access (one unit was initially designed to have the operator booth 
close to the  door, and the table of the scanner *away* from the door!).
Make sure that your radiologist support is 24 hour as well!
In a message dated 04/13/12 06:57:11 Central Daylight Time, pbjorn at emh.org  

I think  this may have been discussed recently, but I've been on & off the 
list for  a few months, so sorry for any redundancy:

Our ED is looking at some  renovations, the most conspicuous of which is 
the acquisition of its own CT  scanner adjacent to the trauma room.  Of 
course, trauma applications are  getting all the attention; but such a machine 
would get plenty of use for  strokes and acute abdomens and so forth.  It's a 
busy ED.

The List  has always been good about finding pros and cons for everything, 
and I'd  appreciate all comments.  Who has brought scanners into their ED's, 
and  what has been the practical upshot -- besides quicker (and perhaps 
more)  scans?

Pret Bjorn, RN
EMMC Trauma Program
Bangor, Maine  USA
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