Renal Profile Blood Work in Patients Attending CT Department

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Renal Profile Blood Work in Patients Attending CT Department

06-Dec-2016

Recently, we have seen a spike in the number of patients attending the CT Department at the Medical Imaging Department without proper renal profile blood work.  This delays the patient care as some of these patients do require creatinine values to ascertain safety around contract administration. This means, them waiting for their scan whilst we draw blood, and wait for results.

For your quick reference, below are the current department guidelines regarding blood work to assess safety and suitability for IV contrast administration for these patients. 

“The following outpatients must have a serum creatinine within 60 days prior to the exam:

Age > 60
Any history of renal disease, including:

Dialysis
Kidney transplant
Single kidney
Renal cancer
Renal surgery
History of hypertension requiring medical therapy
History of diabetes mellitus
Metformin or metformin-containing drug combinations”

We will be grateful if the high-risk patients can have their renal function tested in the community so that their CT scan within the department is not delayed.

Thanks for your cooperation in allowing us to provide safe and timely care to all our patients.

Dr. Kunal Goyal,Department Head
Medical Imaging, RQHR
Phone (306)766-6552