Children’s Hospital At Erlanger Earns Pediatric Cardiology Lab Reaccreditation
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
The Children’s Hospital at Erlanger Pediatric Echo Lab team members have earned reaccreditation by IAC
The Pediatric Cardiology Echo Lab at Children’s Hospital at Erlanger has earned a three-year reaccreditation from the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission.
Officials said, "This latest accreditation awarded to Children’s Hospital at Erlanger Pediatric Echo Lab demonstrates the facility’s ongoing commitment to providing quality patient care in echocardiography. Accreditation by the IAC indicates that they have undergone an intensive application and review process and are found to be in compliance with the published standards demonstrating a commitment to quality patient care.
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 facility to be assessed, including representative case studies and their corresponding final reports.
"IAC accreditation is a seal of approval that parents can rely on as an indicator of consistent quality care and a dedication to continuous improvement. The training and experience of the sonographer performing the procedure, the type of equipment used and the quality assessment metrics all contribute to a positive patient outcome and IAC accreditation."
“Being accredited by the IAC shows our continued commitment to quality and improvement, which translates to better care for our patients,” said Dr. Wesley Davis, chief of Pediatric Cardiology at Children’s Hospital at Erlanger. “It puts our pediatric echocardiography lab in the same category as bigger institutions, such as Vanderbilt and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. We are the only accredited pediatric echo lab in the region.”
"Children’s Hospital continues to be the only accredited pediatric cardiology echo lab in the region. An echocardiogram is a noninvasive ultrasound study used to evaluate heart structures and function. According to IAC, each year more than 35,000 infants in the United States are born with congenital heart defects, making it the most common type of birth defect. Diagnosis and treatment has improved over the past few decades, allowing almost all affected children to not only grow into adulthood, but thrive," officials said.
To learn more about Pediatric Cardiology at Children’s Hospital at Erlanger, visit childrensaterlanger.org.