Hinsdale – Adventist Hinsdale Hospital has earned a three-year accreditation in echocardiography from the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission. Only facilities that follow comprehensive adherence to rigorous national standards can successfully complete the IAC review process to earn accreditation.
Early detection of life-threatening heart disorders and other diseases is possible through the use of echocardiography, or echo, a safe, non-invasive procedure used to examine your heart and potentially diagnose heart problems. It uses high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to literally see all four chambers of the heart, the heart valves, the great blood vessels entering and leaving the heart, as well as the sac around the heart.
“Earning this accreditation demonstrates that Adventist Hinsdale Hospital is following the IAC protocols, which are recognized as the gold standard in echocardiography,” said Michael Palluzzi, cardiovascular service line administrator, Adventist Hinsdale and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospitals. “Following such evidence-based protocols results in better outcomes for our heart patients.”
Palluzzi likens the IAC approval to that of the Joint Commission accreditation for patient safety and quality of care for hospitals. Adventist Hinsdale Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission.
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.
While echo tests are helpful, there are many facets that contribute to an accurate diagnosis, including the skill of the sonographer performing the examination, the type of equipment used, the background and knowledge of the interpreting physician and quality assurance measures. The IAC examines all of these aspects during the accreditation process.
IAC 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.intersocietal.org/echo/main/patients.htm.
Physicians use echo tests to look for abnormalities in the large physical structures of the heart, including the heart chambers and valves. An echocardiogram can sometimes also be used to look for the cause of an abnormal heart sound (a murmur), to check the size of the heart chambers, to check for fluid around the heart, or to inspect the pumping capability (the muscles) of the heart if a patient is short of breath or has complained of certain symptoms during exertion.
IAC accreditation is widely respected within the medical community, as illustrated by the support of the national medical societies related to echocardiography, which include physicians and sonographers. Echocardiography accreditation is required in some states and regions by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and by some private insurers. However, patients should remain vigilant in making sure that their echocardiography procedures are performed within accredited facilities, because for many facilities accreditation remains a voluntary process.
Adventist Hinsdale Hospital earned accreditation in all three adult modalities that can be accredited by the IAC: adult transthoracic, adult transesophageal and adult stress testing.
Adventist Hinsdale Hospital also is accredited in the areas of chest pain, stroke and breast cancer care.
Adventist Midwest Health, part of Adventist Health System, includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com.
Physicians on the medical staff of Adventist Midwest Health Hospitals are independent contractors, and are not agents of the hospitals.
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