The goals of this study were to develop and evaluate a joint theoretical/practical training course for radiology residents and technicians and to start a collaborative practice agreement enabling radiology technicians to perform PICC placement under the responsibility of an interventional radiologist.
Materials and methods
A joint training session based on literature evidences and international recommendations was designed. Participants were assessed before and after training, and were also asked to evaluate the program one month after completion of the training course. Practical post-training mentoring guidelines were laid down for radiologists supervising technicians.
From January to April 2014, 6 radiology residents and 12 radiology technicians from the two interventional radiology departments of the University hospitals in Marseille took part in the training program. For both residents and technicians, significant improvement was observed between pretraining and post-training assessment. The majority of participants were satisfied with the program.
Our experience suggests that combined theoretical and practical training in PICC placement allows improving technical skill and yields high degrees of satisfaction for both radiology residents and technicians. A collaborative practice agreement is now formally established to enable radiologists to delegate PICC placement procedures to radiology technicians.Le texte complet de cet article est disponible en PDF.
Keywords : In-training, Delegation of tasks, Venous access devices, Radiology residents, Radiology technicians