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Response: Call Team Suggestions Assuming that a call team contains 3 members, create four teams: Team A: 7 am -3:30 pm Team B: 8 am - 4:30 pm Team C: 9:30am - 6:00 pm (Extended call team) Team D: 11:00am -7:30 pm (Call team) All shifts rotate on Fridays. Team D is call team for the week. They finish any cases after 7:30 pm. If they are called after leaving duty, they can get as much rest as possible until they return at 11:00 am. On the next Friday, this team rotates to 9:30 - 6:00 pm. Team C finishes cases with the intention of leaving at 7:30 pm. So their last case goes on the table no later than 6:30 pm. They may need to remain after 6 pm, if necessary, but NOT past 7:30 pm. This team rotates to 8 am - 4:30 pm on Friday morning. Team B finishes at 4:30 with their last case starting no later than 3:30 pm. This rotates to 7:00 - 3:30 pm on Friday morning. Team A finishes at 3:30 pm, with their last case starting at 2:30 pm. This team rotates to 11:00 am - 7:30 pm on Friday morning. The purpose is to have three teams fully rested per week, while the call team stays to handle the overflow of the so-called emergency patients. Each team should one well-experienced member; one moderately experienced team member; and one member, who has less experience then the two more senior members. This method of team formation should have a very productive person, a moderately productive person, and a member, who is on the up slope of the "bell-curve" of experience. The reason for changing shifts on Friday is so three teams can rest over the weekend and enjoy some free down time with their families, relatives, and friends. Charles O. Williams, BS, RPA, RT(R)(CV)(CI), RCIS Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia codywms@yahoo.com
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