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. 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.
There are many factors that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on vascular testing. The training and experience of the technologist performing the procedure, the type of equipment used and the quality assessment metrics each facility is required to measure, all contribute to a positive patient outcome. IAC accreditation is a “seal of approval” that patients can rely on as an indicator of consistent quality care and a dedication to continuous improvement.
Virginia Interventional and Vascular Associates Vascular Lab located in Fredericksburg, VA has been granted an additional three-year term of accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in Vascular Testing in the area(s) of Extracranial Cerebrovascular Testing, Peripheral Arterial Testing, and Peripheral Venous Testing.
This latest accreditation awarded to Virginia Interventional and Vascular Associates Vascular Lab demonstrates the facility’s ongoing commitment to providing quality patient care in vascular testing.
Accreditation by the IAC indicates that Virginia Interventional and Vascular Associates Vascular Lab has undergone an intensive application and review process and is found to be in compliance with the published Standards thus demonstrating a commitment to quality patient care in vascular testing. Comprised of 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 applicant facility to be assessed, including representative case studies and their corresponding final reports.
IAC accreditation is widely respected in the medical community, as illustrated by the support of the national medical societies related to vascular testing, which include physicians, sonographers and technologists.
IAC Vascular Testing is supported by the following organizations while operating independently of their activities: American Academy of Neurology (AAN) / American Society of Neuroimaging (ASN); American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM); American Society of Echocardiography (ASE); Joint Section on Cerebrovascular Surgery / American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons; Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery (SCVS); Society for Vascular Medicine (SVM); Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS); Society for Vascular Ultrasound (SVU); Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS); Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR); and Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound (SRU).
When scheduling a vascular procedure, patients are encouraged to research the accreditation status of the facility and can learn more by visiting intersocietal.org/vascular/main/patients.htm.
IAC provides accreditation programs for vascular testing, echocardiography, nuclear/PET, MRI, diagnostic CT, dental CT, carotid stenting, vein treatment and management and cardiac electrophysiology. The IAC programs for accreditation are dedicated to ensuring quality patient care and promoting health care and all support one common mission: Improving health care through accreditation®.To date, the IAC accrediting divisions have granted accreditation to more than 14,000 sites throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.