From left: Yi Sun, RVS, Heather Costello, RVS, student Brad Davis, RVS, Terri Pike, RCS, RVS, and Reggie Bustos, RVS are part of the cardiovascular diagnostics team that was awarded accreditation recently. Not pictured: Bobbi Kohout, Lisa Kohout, RVS, and Doug Solomon RCDS, RVS.
The Huguley Cardiovascular Diagnostics Laboratory has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in vascular ultrasound testing by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission.
To become accredited, the Huguley Cardiovascular Diagnostics Laboratory was found to provide the highest quality patient care in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive application process including a detailed case study review.
IAC accreditation is a “seal of approval” that patients can rely on to indicate that the facility has been carefully critiqued by experts on all aspects of its vascular testing operations.
“Accreditation for our vascular testing demonstrates our commitment to patient safety and quality care,” says Tammy Collier, RN, FACHE, vice president of patient care services for Huguley Memorial Medical Center. “In 2012, we have received eight awards or recognitions that recognize our efforts to raise the bar on quality, superior outcomes and patient experience."
Cardiovascular testing procedures allow the early detection of life-threatening heart disorders, stroke and other diseases. Many components contribute to an accurate diagnosis, including the education and skill of the technologist, the type of equipment used, the background and knowledge of the interpreting physician and quality assurance measures.
Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death in the United States. On average, one American dies every 39 seconds of cardiovascular disease—disorders of the heart and blood vessels. Stroke, a disorder of the blood supply to the brain, is the third leading cause of death and the leading cause of disability in the country.
The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission, based in Ellicott City, Maryland, provides facility accreditation and has the support of national medical societies including physicians, technologists and sonographers.