|ECR 2019 / C-3567|
|The impact of training diagnostic radiologists to perform basic interventional procedures|
Methods and materials
Depending on their existing skillset all consultant diagnostic radiologists (n=27) within the Heart of England Foundation Trust, Birmingham, UK, underwent three months of direct training from consultant interventionalists. This was followed by a period of indirect supervision until the clinician was able to practice independently. Diagnosticians were trained to conduct CT and ultrasound guided biopsies, drainages and aspirations.
All inpatient radiologically guided biopsies, drainages and aspirations performed between January and June 2015, prior to the commencement of the training programme, were compared with those spanning from January to June 2018, following completion of the interventional training.
The following data was collected:
I.) Procedural data: The type of procedure, the responsible clinician, waiting time from submission of request and weekend or weekday procedure
II.) Outcome measures: Difference in waiting times, difference in proportion of interventional and diagnostic led weekday procedures and the difference in proportion of interventional and diagnostic led weekend procedures.
Statistical analysis was performed using Microsoft Excel.