Published on February 06, 2019

NMMC, Children’s of Mississippi Tupelo Earn Pediatric Echocardiography Accreditation by IAC

Children's of MS peds echo accreditationTUPELO, Miss.— North Mississippi Medical Center’s Heart and Vascular Institute, NMMC Women’s Hospital and Children’s of Mississippi Tupelo have all been granted a three-year term of accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in Echocardiography in the area of Pediatric Transthoracic.

Women's Hospital Peds echo accreditation

Aside from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, these facilities are the only ones statewide accredited for pediatric transthoracic echocardiography.

A noninvasive ultrasound study, called an echocardiogram, is commonly used to evaluate heart structure and function. Each year more than 35,000 infants in the United States are born with congenital heart defects, making it the most common type of birth defect. It is also the most critical, as congenital heart defects cause more deaths during the first year of life than any other birth defect. Over the past few decades, however, diagnosis and treatment has improved, allowing almost all affected children to not only grow into adulthood, but to thrive.

Heart-Vascular peds echo accreditaitonMany factors contribute to the accurate diagnosis based on echocardiography. The training and experience of the sonographer 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.

Accreditation by the IAC means a facility 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 echocardiography. 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.

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