All technologists independently performing ultrasound must meet the minimum criteria in the table below. Facility credentialing requirements and facility grace periods do not supersede ACR technologist requirements. If these criteria are not met, accreditation will not be granted.
One of these:
Sites applying for Vascular Ultrasound Accreditation must have at least one technologist who has one of the following working on-site during the performance of vascular examinations:
We realize there are a variety of ways departments are staffed that may be affected by the vascular technologist requirement. Please see examples of common scenarios at the end of this article.*
PRN technologists should meet all accreditation requirements. PRN technologists who are not credentialed may not be used at an accredited facility for more than two consecutive weeks and may not be used more than a total of three weeks per calendar year.
*Vascular Accreditation: Common Scenarios
Scenario #1: Outpatient Only Site
A registered vascular technologist MUST be on site during all vascular exams. Any registered technologist may perform the exam.
Scenario #2: Hospital with After Hours On-Call Only
All technologists go home for the day and call is covered by a technologist who does not hold a vascular credential:
A routine order for an inpatient is placed for a vascular exam. The exam MUST wait until morning when a registered vascular technologist is on site. Any registered technologist may perform the exam. If a tech is called in to perform this routine exam, it MUST be performed by a registered vascular technologist, or a registered vascular technologist must be on site.
A stat order for an inpatient or ED patient is placed for a vascular exam. The on-call technologist may perform the exam. The on-call technologist may be a registered vascular technologist or a general registered technologist.
Scenario #3: Hospital with 24/7 US Technologist Coverage
All first shift technologists go home for the day. Second and third shift technologists do not hold a vascular credential:
A routine order for an inpatient is placed for a vascular exam. The exam MUST wait until morning to be performed when a registered vascular technologist is on site. Any registered technologists may perform the exam.
A stat order for an inpatient or ED patient is placed for a vascular exam. Any registered technologist may perform the exam.
*If your specific scenario is not listed or if you have any questions regarding technologist credentialing requirements, please contact the ACR.
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