Each year more than 35,000 babies in the United States are born with
congenital heart defects, making it the most common type of birth
defect. It is also the most critical, as congenital heart defects cause
more deaths during the first year of life than any other birth defect.
Over the past few decades, however, diagnosis and treatment has
improved, allowing almost all affected children to not only grow into
adulthood, but to thrive.
Among the advanced diagnostic tools available, a noninvasive ultrasound
study called an echocardiogram is commonly used to evaluate heart
structure and function. 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 are each
critical to quality patient testing.
Louisville-based Kosair Children's Hospital Non-Invasive Cardiology has
been granted a three-year term of accreditation in Echocardiography in
the areas of Pediatric Transthoracic by the Intersocietal Accreditation
Accreditation by the IAC means that Kosair Children's Hospital
Non-Invasive Cardiology has undergone a thorough review of its
operational and technical components by a panel of experts. The IAC
grants accreditation only to those facilities that are found to be
providing quality patient care, in compliance with national standards
through a comprehensive applicatin process including detailed case
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.
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 (CMS) and by some private
insurers. Echocardiography accreditation is required in some states and
regions by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and by a
number of 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.
About Kosair Children's Hospital
For more than a century, Kosair Children's Hospital and its predecessor
hospitals have cared for the children of Kentucky and Southern Indiana
without regard to their families' ability to pay. Kosair Children's
Hospital is Kentucky's only full-service, free-standing pediatric care
facility dedicated exclusively to caring for children and is an advocate
for the health and well-being of all children. The 263-bed hospital,
supported by the Children's Hospital Foundation, serves as the primary
pediatric teaching facility for the University of Louisville School of
Medicine. In 2007, Kosair Children's received the prestigious Magnet
designation recognizing excellence in nursing from the American Nurses
Credentialing Center. Kosair Children's Hospital is one of the top
children's hospitals in the United States as ranked in U.S. News Media
Group's edition of America's Best Children's Hospitals since 2009. More
information is available at KosairChildrens.com.
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