Hospital Privileging Practices for Bedside Procedures: A Survey of Hospitalist Experts

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Many hospitalists are routinely granted hospital privileges to perform invasive bedside procedures, but criteria for privileging are not well described. We conducted a survey of 21 hospitalist procedure experts from the Society of Hospital Medicine Point-of-Care Ultrasound Task Force to better understand current privileging practices for bedside procedures and how those practices are perceived. Only half of all experts reported their hospitals require a minimum number of procedures performed to grant initial (48%) and ongoing (52%) privileges for bedside procedures. Regardless, most experts thought minimums should be higher than those in current practice and should exist alongside direct observation of manual skills. Experts reported that the use of ultrasound guidance was nearly universal for paracentesis, thoracentesis, and central venous catheter placement, but only 10% of hospitals required the use of ultrasound for initial privileging of these procedures.

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