First Week at my clinical site - Life as a Vascular Ultrasound Student
 
   So I have been in my clinical site for a week now! This is my third day and already I have had many experiences. My first week has been hectic and I've seen a lot of patients. The environment is clean and pleasant so far and the work is satisfying. 
   In this profession you will come across some bad odors, however, the images you see are intriguing and pretty much gets the majority of your attention. My mentor is awesome and we have a pretty good relationship (only 3 days in) we will see how I feel about him later on during the year. A few things that I learned were: Be prepared to smell just about anything, typically in most cases the left vertebral artery is dominant over the right when doing a carotid study, if an AAA  (Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm) is measured 5 cm or greater than its surgery time! Anything less than 5 cm and greater than 4.0 cm it is monitored every 6 months. If it is between 3.0 to 4.0 cm then it is monitored every year. The aorta should measure less than 3.0 cm.  Hope this was useful! Back to more studies at the vascular lab. 
Michael
9/11/2011 14:51:44

Glad you're enjoying yourself! Sad you have smelly patients. ;)

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Christian
10/26/2011 11:32:48

So fascinating!, i would find it hard to work in your industry!

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12/29/2011 23:05:28

Appreciate your data

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1/24/2012 21:16:20

Fine article dude

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1/25/2012 16:58:20

nice post

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3/5/2012 00:15:04

Every healthcare provider should switch to an EMR solution. Paper based records and prescriptions are a thing of the past now and it would be best for both doctors and patients to take advantage of their features and accessibility.

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3/26/2012 04:41:39

will return shortly

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    I want to reach out to all students and any individual who is interested in the vascular ultrasound field.  Contributing my opinion and experience as a student I can bring awareness so existing or perspective students can benefit from what I have learned. Having the opportunity to voice my experience as a student may help improve challenges that many students go through while becoming a vascular sonographer. Becoming an expert in my field is my passion.


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