Coshocton Hospital radiology receives vascular testing accreditation

| March 24, 2014

COSHOCTON – Early detection of life-threatening heart disorders, stroke and other vascular diseases is an important component in battling cardiovascular disease, the number one cause of death in the United States. Vascular testing for blockages in the carotid arteries or blood clots in arms and legs can identify serious conditions that, if left untreated, can lead to stroke or pulmonary embolism. Recognizing the importance of offering the highest quality vascular testing locally, the Coshocton Hospital Vascular Lab has recently undergone a review of the operational and technical components by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) and has been granted a three-year term of accreditation. 

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 application process including detailed case study reviews. The Coshocton Hospital earned accreditation in vascular testing in the areas of extracranial cerebrovascular testing, peripheral venous testing, and peripheral arterial testing.

“The accreditation process is voluntary and involves months of extensive review of all aspects of our operation considered relevant by medical experts in the field of vascular testing,” stated Debbie Kempf, Coshocton Hospital Registered Vascular Technologist. “Not all vascular labs elect to go through the accreditation process, but we felt it was very important to hold our test quality to the highest standards for quality and accuracy. Since accurate diagnosis is based on these vascular ultrasound examinations, we complete extensive follow-up of any studies referred to vascular surgeons to gain the physicians’ assurances our testing standards meet their quality standards.”

Accreditation provides patients with the security of knowing the locally performed tests meet the high performance standards set by the IAC. In addition to examining the quality of the vascular test results, accreditation examination also includes analysis of the skill of the technologist performing the examination, the type of equipment used, the background and knowledge of the interpreting physician, and the quality assurance measures the hospital has in place.

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