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Monday, December 1, 2014

Need more help in the IR suite?

If you feel like you need more ancillary support in the IR suite, but haven’t been able to convince your administrators, you’re in luck. The Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) Standards Division Committee has just published the results of their survey on the status and physician opinion regarding ancillary staffing for the IR suite. After receiving responses from over 700 physicians, the workgroup found that staffing is not deficient based on American College of Radiology (ACR) guidelines. However, physicians remain dissatisfied. This may be due to the ACR guidelines lacking consideration of procedure complexity or the availability of scrubbed assistants. During weekends or off-hours, staffing and access to anesthesia support were felt to be inadequate by the respondents.

This important survey serves as the first step in creating evidence-based guidelines on IR suite staffing. Until additional investigations can be completed, this report can be used as an important tool for physicians negotiating for more staff.


Click here to see the full abstract




Numbers of procedure rooms in the operator’s primary setting.




Circumstances under which anesthesia service support is routinely used at the respondent’s institution.


Citation: Natcheva, H. N. et al. Survey of Current Status and Physician Opinion Regarding Ancillary Staffing for the IR Suite. Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology 25, 1777–1784 (2014).


Post author: Amish Patel, MD

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