DeKALB – Kishwaukee Community Hospital’s cardiac laboratory has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in echocardiography in adult transthoracic by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission.
Accreditation by the IAC means that the laboratory has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts. This “seal of approval” indicates high-quality patient care and operational excellence, said Jodi Haeffner, diagnostic imaging and cardiac lab department director. The sonographer performs the echo, a 30- to 45-minute non-invasive test that uses ultrasound waves to evaluate how the heart valves and muscles are working while the patient is lying down.
Cardiovascular diseases are the No. 1 cause of death in the United States. On average, one American dies every 39 seconds of cardiovascular disease and disorders of the heart and blood vessels. The American Heart Association estimates that the direct and indirect cost for cardiovascular disease in the U.S. for 2010 was $503.2 billion. Early detection of life-threatening heart disorders and other diseases is possible through the use of echocardiography procedures performed within hospitals, outpatient centers and physicians’ offices. The skill of the echocardiography sonographer performing the examination, the type of equipment used, the background and knowledge of the interpreting physician and quality assurance measures are each critical to quality patient testing.
When scheduling an echocardiography procedure, the IAC encourages patients to inquire as to the accreditation status of the facility where their examination will be performed.