CRITERIA FOR GRADING -TRANSTHORACIC ECHO

Standard

Advanced

  • Head of Department has at least 3 sessions per week in the department
  • Both medical and HCS Leads of echocardiography
  • Medical Lead has at least one PA dedicated to echo per 3000 TTEs
  • HCS Lead spends 5 or more sessions in echocardiographic activities (including management or quality control)
  • Agreed minimum standards for studies
  • Patient information leaflet available including arrangements for chaperones
  •  List of indications for echo published internally
  • Triaging of requests
  • Report database
  • Digital archiving
  • System of review for uncertain echocardiograms
  • System of alerts for important pathology found at echocardiography
  • Provision for continuing education
  • Studies archived. Reports written that day
  • Most machines have 2nd harmonic imaging
  • All machines have colour and stand-alone Doppler
  • No machine in regular use upgraded more than 10 years ago
  • 40 -45 minutes allowed per standard study and up to 1 hour for a complex study
  • All HCSs reporting studies Band 6 or higher
  • Data protection act applied
  • Manual handling policy implemented
  • Rooms uncluttered and of adequate size
  • Appropriate provision of patient facilities 

 

  • Both HCS and medical Leads have BSE accreditation
  • Formal and systematic quality control in place 
  • HCS Lead spends 8 or more sessions in echocardiography
  • Medical Lead spends 2 or more sessions in activities directly related to echocardiography
  • No machine in regular use older than 5 years 
  • All trained HCSs are BSE accredited
  • One or more rooms at least 20 m2 in area
  • One WTE HCS for no more than 1800 standard and complex studies per annum 
  • System of liaison with other departments to advise about timing of or results of studies
  • Adequate storage space