- Last Updated on 11:39 AM 07/18/13
- BY Special to the Gazette
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.
Early detection of life threatening heart disorders, stroke and other diseases is possible through the use of Vascular Testing procedures performed within hospitals, outpatient centers and physicians’ offices. While these tests are helpful, there are many facets that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on Vascular Testing. The skill of the technologist performing the examination, the type of equipment used, the background and knowledge of the interpreting physician and quality assurance measures are each critical to quality patient testing.
Halifax Regional Hospital has recently been granted a three-year term of accreditation in Vascular Testing in the areas of Extracranial Cerebrovascular Testing, Peripheral Venous Testing and Peripheral Arterial Testing by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).
Accreditation by the IAC means Halifax Regional Hospital has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts. The IAC grants accreditation 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.
IAC accreditation is a “seal of approval” that patients can rely on as an indication the facility has been carefully critiqued on all aspects of its operations considered relevant by medical experts in the field of Vascular Testing.
“We are thrilled to be granted Vascular Testing accreditation and feel this exemplifies our vision of providing a high standard of patient care,” said Jimmy Childrey, director of radiology for Halifax Regional Hospital.
For more information on Halifax Regional Health System, visit www.hrhs.org.