Topeka - St. Francis Ultrasound has attained recognition for its commitment to providing a high level of patient care and quality testing for the diagnosis of vascular disease. The facility achieved accreditation by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL) through Feb. 28, 2013.
According to ICAVL, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, costing society more $83.7 billion each year in health services, medications and lost work time due to disability. Stroke, a disorder of the blood supply to the brain, is the third leading cause of death and disability in this country, with 500,000 new strokes occurring annually.
Early detection of these life-threatening vascular diseases is possible through the use of noninvasive vascular testing techniques performed within vascular laboratories.
St. Francis Health Center Ultrasound is one of the vascular laboratories in the United States to meet and exceed the ICAVL standards for noninvasive vascular testing. During the accreditation process, every aspect of the laboratory’s daily operations and its impact on the quality of health care provided to patients is assessed and reviewed. While completing the application, the St. Francis laboratory in Ultrasound was required to identify and validate the quality assurance program.
Participation in the accreditation process demonstrates Ultrasound’s attention to a high level of patient care and quality testing. ICAVL accreditation is valid for three years.
ICAVL is a nonprofit organization established with the support of 11 medical societies, including physicians, technologists and sonographers that represent medical specialties, including cardiology, neurology, radiology, vascular medicine, vascular surgery, neurosurgery, internal medicine and biology.
“I want to thank everyone in Ultrasound for their hard work and a job well done,” said Dixie Copeland, St. Francis Ultrasound supervisor.