The Echocardiography Laboratory at Audrain Medical Center has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in the area of Adult Stress, Adult Transesophageal and Adult Transthoracic by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL).
Accreditation by the ICAEL means that this laboratory has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts. The ICAEL grants accreditation only to those facilities that are found to be providing quality patient care, in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive application process including detailed case study review.
Cardiovascular diseases are the No. 1 cause of death in the United States. On average, one American dies every 38 seconds of cardiovascular disease – 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 is $503.2 billion. Cardiac information provided by echocardiographic testing is useful in the detection and management of many types of heart disease. This noninvasive test has become one of the standard diagnostic tools in cardiology with an estimated 10 million echocardiograms performed annually in the United States. Echocardiography is a complex imaging technique that relies on the experience and training of both the physician and sonographer. Their interpretive and technical abilities determine the diagnostic accuracy of an echocardiographic examination.
Echocardiography can provide a wealth of information, including the size and shape of the heart, its pumping capacity and the location and extent of any damage to its tissues. It is also especially useful for assessing function and diseases of the heart valves. By assessing the motion of the heart wall, echocardiography can help detect the presence and assess the severity of coronary artery disease, as well as help determine whether any chest pain is related to heart disease. The biggest advantage to echocardiography is that it is noninvasive and has no known risks or side effects.
ICAEL accreditation is a “seal of approval” that patients can rely on as an indication that the facility has been carefully critiqued on all aspects of its operations considered relevant by medical experts in the field of echocardiography. When scheduled for an echocardiography procedure, patients are encouraged to inquire as to the accreditation status of the facility where their examination will be performed and can learn more by visiting www.icael.org/icael/main/patients.htm.
“This accreditation recognizes the quality of the staff at AMC and their commitment to the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease,” David Neuendorf, President/CEO commented.
Pictured from the left: Tara Lovell, RT(R)M, RDCS, Technical Director of the AMC Echo Lab; Kristy Hopper, BSRT(R); Hannah O’Toole, RT(R); Larry Handlin, DO, Cardiologist; JoAnna Schwartze, RT(R); and Charles Tillman, MD, Cardiologist, Medical Director of the AMC Echo Lab.