Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital’s Vascular and Echo Laboratories have earned a three-year reaccreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission.
The Vascular Lab received accreditations for Extracranial Cerebrovascular Testing, Peripheral Arterial Testing and Peripheral Venous Testing, and the Echo Lab received accreditation for Adult Transthoracic Echo, Adult Transesophageal Echo and Adult Stress Echo.
The IAC accreditation is a “seal of approval” that indicates RWJUH’s programs provide consistent quality care and a dedication to continuous improvement in these areas based on an intensive application and review process.
“Both labs perform critical services to detect and prevent life-threatening vascular and cardiac events,” said Dr. Partho Sengupta, Rutgers Professor of Cardiology and chief of the Division of Cardiology at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and chief of cardiology at RWJUH. “We are proud of the ongoing work and commitment of the laboratories in providing the highest level of quality, safe care for our patients.”
Early detection of life-threatening heart disorders, stroke and other diseases is possible through the use of vascular and echo testing procedures performed within hospitals, outpatient centers and physicians’ offices. Cardiovascular diseases are the No. 1 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, with nearly 800,000 new strokes occurring annually.
There are many factors that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on this testing. The training and experience of the technologist 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.