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University Vascular Lab Receives Accreditation October 29, 2010

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Contact: Tamara Sloper, ICAVL, 800-838-2110
Contact: Erica C. Cline, University Health Care System, (706) 828-2225, ericacline@uh.org

University’s Vascular Lab Accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories

OCTOBER 29, 2010 (AUGUSTA, GA.) – University Hospital’s Vascular Laboratory has attained recognition for its commitment to providing a high level of patient care and quality testing for the diagnosis of vascular disease. The facility achieved accreditation by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL).

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, costing society more than $83.7 billion annually in health services, medications and lost work due to disability. Stroke, a disorder of the blood supply to the brain, is the third leading cause of death and disability in the U.S., with 500,000 new strokes occurring every year.

One American dies every 32 seconds of cardiovascular disease, disorders of the heart and blood vessels. Each year, two million people in the U.S. alone develop deep vein thrombosis – 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 these life-threatening vascular diseases is possible through the use of noninvasive vascular testing techniques performed within vascular laboratories.

University Hospital’s Vascular Laboratory is one of a growing number of vascular labs in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico to meet or exceed the ICAVL standards for noninvasive vascular testing. During the accreditation process, every aspect of the laboratory’s daily operations and its impact on the quality of health care provided to patients is assessed and reviewed. While completing the application, laboratories are required to identify and correct potential problems, revising protocols and validating quality assurance programs.

Participation in the accreditation process demonstrates the laboratory’s attention to a high level of patient care and quality testing. ICAVL accreditation is valid for three years.

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