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Good News! Bill Seals Fluoroscopy Exemption in Maryland

May 13 Bill Signing - Fluoroscopy Exemption

ACVP Advocacy Wins Fluoroscopy Exemption in Maryland

On Monday, May 13, Maryland House Bill 924 was signed into law, carving out an exemption in existing state law such that RCIS professionals can continue assisting in the performance of fluoroscopy procedures in Maryland cath labs.

This bill was the end result of a collaborative work group convened by the Maryland Board of Physicians, in which the Alliance of Cardiovascular Professionals took part, that was tasked with finding a solution to the manpower shortage currently being experienced by Maryland hospitals and cath labs.

The bill made significant inroads to ensuring multidisciplinary teams can deliver high quality care in Maryland cath labs, by vesting supervising physicians with the power to delegate duties to qualified RNs, RTs or RCIS professionals during the performance of procedures involving fluoroscopy. Previous interpretations of Maryland state law had prohibited RCIS professionals from assisting in procedures for which they'd been educated and trained.

ACVP Fights for Team-based Care Around the U.S.

The legislative sessions of many States, those without year-round sessions, have now closed or are approaching adjournment in June. You can find the status of all state legislatures, here. During this period, ACVP closely monitored or was directly involved in legislation in Minnesota and Maryland, and regulatory rule-making in New Hampshire, all resulting in advocacy wins on behalf of team-based care.

In Minnesota, bills HF 819 and SF 966 were amended to create a similar exemption for RCIS credentialed professionals assisting in x-ray machine operation. In New Hampshire, ACVP was involved in rule-making which ultimately protected the scope of practice of the RCIS.

You can find more information about our advocacy involvement and legislation we are tracking on our pending legislation page. We also invite you to use the form on that page to make us aware of any legislation or rule-making in your State which may affect any cardiovascular professionals.

ACVP thanks all of its members for continuing to support our efforts to ensure that multidisciplinary teams are allowed to deliver the highest quality cardiovascular care in all U.S. states. Our members' hard work and commitment to patients and fellow professionals is truly inspiring and greatly appreciated.

If you're not an ACVP member, consider joining the Alliance, today, to support our ongoing efforts on behalf of all cardiovascular professionals' right to work. The Alliance of Cardiovascular Professionals is the only professional organization catering specifically to and supporting non-physician professionals in cardiac care.

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Does AORN-required operating room attire really make a difference?

Does AORN-required operating room attire really make a difference?

And disposable jackets cost how much?

A recent study argued that AORN operating room attire guidelines don't reduce surgical site infections (SSI), but they do increase costs per person by 10-20 times—much of that cost resulting from long-sleeve disposable jackets which cost approximately $1.04 per person.

The study (Elmously et al), presented at the Surgical Forum of the American College of Surgeons 104th Annual Clinical Congress in Boston, MA, last October, analyzed the link between the operating room attire guidelines introduced by the Association of Perioperative Registered nurses (AORN) in 2015 (updated in 2017), surgical site infections (SSIs), and the associated costs of these operating room attire guideline changes.

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RN, Rad & Cardiovascular Technologist Education in 2019

Cardiac-specific RN, Rad & Cardiovascular Technologist Education in 2019

ACVP announces slate of early 2019 regional conferences

Cardiovascular professionals, especially RNs and Radiologic Technologists, often struggle to find good cardiac-specific continuing education. At ACVP, we make it our mission to bring the best cardiac-specific continuing education to you. We're excited to announce our slate of regional meetings planned for early 2019, which will provide high quality, inter-professional RN, RT and Cardiovascular Technologist education at a low cost for attendees.

ACVP regional meetings provide a unique opportunity for registered nurses, radiologic and cardiovascular technologists to earn CEUs for cardiac-specific education in a preferred, in-person format. Excellent speakers offer timely content relevant to practice in your area, and attendee reviews are consistently stellar.

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ACVP Launches Mentor Matching Service for Members

All members should participate in new mentor matching service!

The Alliance of Cardiovascular Professionals is excited to announce a new service ahead of 2019—a new mentor matching program for members. Mentor matching will provide ACVP members a unique opportunity to enrich their personal and professional lives, get to know their fellow ACVP members, and get the most out of the ACVP community.

Members, get started with our mentor match program, now.

Mentor a fellow cardiovascular technologist, registered nurse or radiologic technologist in cardiovascular care. Build your personal and professional network, or advance your expertise or career with guidance and insight from like-minded professionals.

All members should participate—as a mentor, mentee, or both!

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