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May 29, 2013

Methodist Hospital Vascular Laboratory Accredited by IAC

Methodist Hospital, Methodist Women’s Hospital and Methodist Cardiac and Vascular Center have been granted a three-year re-accreditation in vascular diagnostic testing by the Inter-societal Accreditation Commission (IAC).  The areas re-accredited include extra cranial cerebral-vascular testing, peripheral arterial testing and peripheral venous testing.

The use of vascular testing procedures performed within hospitals, outpatient centers and physician’s offices allows detection of patients at risk for stroke, peripheral arterial disease that causes leg pain or limb loss and venous disease that leads to phlebitis, leg ulcers and blood clots to the lung.

Many facets contribute to accurate vascular testing. The expertise of the technologist performing the examination, the type of equipment, the background and knowledge of the interpreting physician and quality assurance measures are all critical to quality patient testing.

Methodist Hospital has been accredited by IAC for over twenty years and has sustained quality vascular testing through re-accreditation every three years. Accreditation by the IAC means that Methodist Hospital, Methodist Women’s Hospital and Methodist Cardiac and Vascular Center have undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components. The IAC grants accreditation only to those facilities found to be providing quality patient care in compliance with national standards. The re-application is a comprehensive process including detailed case study reviews. 

This re-accreditation demonstrates Methodist Hospital’s ongoing commitment to providing quality patient care. By utilizing a higher standard of vascular diagnostic testing better clinical outcomes and increased patient satisfaction are attained.