DSI is a 3000 Square Foot luxuriously appointed Medical Research Site that can easily accommodate many research subject volunteers concomitantly in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere that lends itself to teaching our patients preventive medicine.
We moved to this location from across the street back in 1997. We planned the lay-out with the Drug Study Process in mind. We are very happy with the result. The rooms in the office consist of:
- Large Waiting Room nicely appointed.
- Large Business Office with 2 copiers, 2-line fax, a network computer system and 2 “Check-In/Check-Out Booths.”
- Break Room for Staff.
- Lab with a minus 85 Revco Freezer, Centrifuge, and a large phlebotomy chair station.
- Mel’s Cozy Café equipped with 2 chairs, a small refrigerator and a table. This is where patients go after their blood draw to relax and take a small snack. Vital signs can be done there also.
- Consultation Room 1 used by the Assistant Medical Research Director/Director of Regulator Affairs. Patients can receive instruction in this room.
- Consultation Room 2 used by Dr. Saponaro. This is large and has an exam table in it useful for performing a complete physical exam.
- Consultation Room # 3 used by the Director of Medical Research. Patients are educated in this room.
- Exam Room # 1 which is used by a CRC. It has 2 desks in it with computers. This is good for vital Signs, blood draws, and especially counseling.
- Exam Room # 2 where the visiting CRA sits. It has a large Geri-chair that is useful for laying patients down for an EKG or for those who faint with blood draws. It also has our pharmacy refrigerator and a TV VCR.
- Exam Room # 3 adjacent to Dr. Saponaro’s Consultation Room that is our regular exam room. It is set up to allow minor surgical procedures.
Initially when we built the office we had 3 official “exam rooms” that are numbered Exam Room 1, 2 and 3. Exam 3 is the one that is immediately recognizable as an Exam Room and is located adjacent to Dr. Saponaro’s office. Exam Rooms 1 & 2 can also be used to see subjects. Typically they are back up exam rooms as exam room 2 is also where the visiting monitor works and exam room 1 is also shared by the CRC.
Logistically we have all the space we need to treat many subjects concomitantly. For example:
- Patient one in Check in Check out Booth 1 with CRC # 1 getting ICF and other paper work instructions performed.
- Patient 2 in Check in Check out Booth 2 with CRC # 2 getting ICF and other paper work instructions performed.
- Patient 3 in the Lab Chair where the phlebotomist is drawing blood. Theoretically this could be used by CRC # 3 to instruct a subject.
- Patient 4 in Exam Room 3 having a full complete medical exam with Dr. Saponaro.
- Patient 5 in Exam Room 2 with CRC # 4. We have a Geri-chair where the patient can lie down and have a blood draw. This area is good for those with syncope from blood draws. We also have a computer and a TV in this room for instruction and education.
- Patient 6 in Exam Room 1 with CRC # 5 that has a BP cuff on the wall and computer access for teaching. Blood draws can be done there as well as PE’s.
- Patient 7 in my office where I have a BP Cuff and can do a PE.
- Patient 8 in Melody’s office where there is a BP cuff and a relaxed atmosphere to discuss the trial.
- Patient 9 in the Assistant Medical Research Director/Director of Regulator Affairs office where they can talk.
- Patient 10 and 11 can be in the area we call Mel’s Cozy Café where we have two comfortable chairs and a table. We have done vital signs there.
- Our Waiting Room also has served as a meeting place to discuss with a large group of potential research subject volunteers the ins and outs of their disease and a study.
In summary, DSI was built to maximize the entire Drug Study experience with the idea in mind to make it comfortable to the patient/research subject volunteer, visiting CRA and our staff. The office can accommodate 11 research subject volunteers at a time. We currently have 3 CRC’s, a medical assistant and a phlebotomist. We have deals with temp agencies that we have used during the years when suddenly there is greater need.