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Release: Oct. 18, 2002
UI Heart Care echocardiography laboratory receives accreditation
Officials with UI Heart Care, a component of University of Iowa Health Care,
announced today that its echocardiography laboratory recently received accreditation
by the body that certifies those services in North America and Puerto Rico.
An echocardiography examination is one of the standard diagnostic tools
in cardiology. The noninvasive technique uses sound waves to provide information
about cardiac structure and blood flow within the heart, greatly assisting
the detection and management of many types of heart disease. Specialists perform
an estimated 10 million echocardiograms in the United States annually, including
20,736 at the UI.
The Intersocietal Commission for Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories
(ICAEL) evaluates the quality of the critical elements of echocardiography
laboratories in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. The ICAEL confirms
the excellence of echocardiography services at UI Heart Care.
"The ICAEL accreditation is just one more demonstration of the commitment
of our staff and faculty to high quality patient care," said Teri Brennan,
M.D., director of Clinical Cardiovascular Services. "We are very proud
of our physicians, sonographers, nurses and everyone on our UI Heart Care
Participation in the accreditation process is voluntary. Achieving accreditation
signifies that UI Heart Care echocardiography services have undergone review
by an independent agency that recognizes the laboratories' commitment to quality
testing for the diagnosis of heart disease.
One American dies every 32 seconds of disorders of the heart and blood vessels.
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States,
costing society more than $83.7 billion each year in health services, medications
and lost work due to disability.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between
the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and
UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research
programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at www.uihealthcare.com.