This is a copy of an earlier posting of mine. If you have any further questions I will be glad to answer them. I also am happy to make a new radiology nurse aquaintance. No, I was not able to go to the conference. Our hospital is lacking money, like everywhere else. I do belong to the ARNA, and am trying to get the hospital to pay for this years dues. How many nurses work in your dept? Are they full or part time?
At our hospital, we fill out a precontrast questionnaire. If a patient has any impaired renal function, or renal
disease, or one kidney, or if they are receiving the medication - metphormine(glucaphage) then we need a
creatinine. This is picked up while doing the screening form. Our booking office will also alert us if a patient
is diabetic, then it is the RN's responsibility to phone the patient and see if they are taking metphormine,
then we arrange to have the patient go for bloodwork and the results are faxed to our Diagnostic Imaging
Dept.. The creatinine has to be within 3 months. If it hasn't been done within the last 3 months, we do it
stat. We do not have any protocol for rehydrating the patient. I hope this answers some of your