In February, the Alliance of Cardiovascular Professionals updated members regarding progress made to remove a regulatory burden preventing provision of team-based care in California cardiac cath labs during procedures involving fluoroscopy.
In October, 2015, the Radiologic Technology Certification Committee in California unanimously passed a motion allowing an individual under the direct and immediate supervision of the S&O to use an assistant in the real time movement of the patient under fluoroscopy... (A Step Forward for CVTs in California, ACVP Advocacy)
On April 13th, 2016, the Radiologic Technology Certification Committee (RTCC) of California met with an agenda item to clarify this motion. The amended motion reads:
An individual under the direct and immediate supervision of the S&O may assist the S&O in the real-time movement of the patient or equipment under fluoroscopy for purposes of re-centering to the area of clinical interest or for manipulating the patient for medical purposes necessitated by the procedure provided a CRT is present in the room and is managing the radiation exposure and X-ray equipment and that the assistant shall have training that includes training on the manipulation of the specific equipment and personal radiation protection, required to be established by the facility.
The motion must now work its way through the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) before it is ratified into regulation, though it clearly reflects a willingness of the RTCC to support team-based care in California cath labs.
"This motion will support many allied health professionals who work with fluoroscopy under direct supervision of MDs with fluoro permits," says Liz Barrow, Cardiovascular Technology Program Director at Grossmont College in El Cajon, California.
The CDPH previously rescinded guidance on Title 17 regulations specifically prohibiting cardiovascular technicians from panning the x-ray table, indicating their openness to supporting the RTCC's motion.
"I am proud to say, we are almost finished with regulations that will protect the future of cardiovascular professionals," says Ed Pezanoski, RCIS. "Together, we are helping to protect and shape the future of cardiac care."
The Alliance of Cardiovascular Professionals was proud to advocate on behalf of cardiovascular technicians in California and promote team-based care in the cardiac cath lab.
ACVP extends special thanks to Liz Barrow and Ed Pezanoski for their efforts as advocates.
It takes an active professional community to make a real difference. Members like Liz and Ed make ACVP a force for positive change in health care, and a more valuable resource for our members all over the United States.
You're not alone when you're a member of the Alliance of Cardiovascular Professionals.