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University Hospital Vascular Lab Retains the State's Only Accreditation October 26, 2007

AUGUSTA, GA. – (Oct. 25, 2007) – University Hospital’s Vascular Lab has received re-accreditation in five areas of vascular testing by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories.

University has the only vascular lab in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina to receive accreditation in all five areas of testing. During the accreditation process, every aspect of the lab’s daily operations and its impact on the quality of health care provided to patients is assessed and reviewed. The accreditation is for three years.

“Participation in the accreditation process demonstrates the laboratory’s attention to a high level of patient care and quality testing for the diagnosis of vascular disease,” said Shelly Burns, technical manager for the commission.

Vascular labs like University’s that are fully accredited are successful in early detection of the leading causes of death and disability in the world.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, costing society nearly $84 billion each year in health services, medications and lost work time due to disability. Stroke, a disorder of the blood supply to the brain, is the third leading cause of death and disability in this country, with 500,000 new strokes occurring annually.

One American dies every 32 seconds of cardiovascular disease, disorders of the heart and blood vessels. Each year, 2 million people in the United States alone develop deep vein thrombosis, or blood clots in the veins. This affliction becomes life threatening for 500,000 of those people when the blood clot breaks loose and travels to the lungs.

“Early detection of life-threatening vascular diseases is possible through the use of noninvasive vascular testing techniques performed within these vascular laboratories,” Ms. Burns said.

ABOUT THE COMMISSION: The ICAVL is a non-profit organization established with the support of 11 medical societies including physicians, technologists and sonographers that represent medical specialties including cardiology, neurology, radiology, vascular medicine, vascular surgery, neurosurgery, internal medicine and biology.


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