Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  Does a physician need to be present when contrast is administered for an echo?

A:  It is recommended that a physician be readily available, but it is not necessary for a physician to be present.

 

Q:  Is it required to get written patient consent for the use of contrast?

A:  Written consent is not necessary.  Verbal consent (i.e. a discussion of indications, benefits, and potential risks), as with any medication given, is obtained; there is no need for specific documentation of this, unless your institution requires such documentation for all medications given (i.e. a UEA should be handled no differently).

A summary of best practices by various institutions can be found in the appendix of the 2014 sonographer guidelines update (located after the references).

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