Avera Sacred Heart Hospital has been granted a three-year reaccreditation in echocardiography from the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). It applies specifically to the areas of adult transesophageal and adult transthoracic echocardiography.
Echocardiography is used to assess different areas of the heart and can detect heart disease or signs of serious conditions.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, followed closely by stroke as the fourth highest cause of death. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), more than 2,150 Americans die each day from cardiovascular disease. That amounts to about one every 40 seconds.
There are many factors that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on echocardiography. The training and experience of the sonographer performing the procedure, the type of equipment used and the quality assessment metrics each facility is required to measure all contribute to a positive patient outcome.
IAC accreditation is a “seal of approval” that patients can rely on as an indicator of consistent quality care and a dedication to continuous improvement.
This latest accreditation awarded to Avera Sacred Heart Hospital’s Cardiopulmonary Department demonstrates the facility’s ongoing commitment to providing quality patient care in echocardiography.
Accreditation by the IAC means that Avera Sacred Heart Hospital has undergone an intensive application and review process and is found to be compliance with the published Standards, thus demonstrating a commitment to quality patient care in echocardiography.
Comprised of a detailed self-evaluation followed by a thorough review by a panel of medical experts, the IAC accreditation process enables both the critical operational and technical components of the applicant facility to be assessed, including representative case studies and their corresponding final reports.