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South Bay Hospital Receives Accreditation by the ICAEL

November 07, 2011

Sun City Center, Florida - South Bay Hospital has been granted a three year term of accreditation in the area of Adult Transthoracic by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL).  The ICAEL 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 review.

“We understand that evidence-based protocols drive better outcomes for patients,” says Sharon Roush, Chief Executive Officer at South Bay Hospital. “Our recent accreditation by the ICAEL ensures that we are following those protocols and providing the highest level of care in our echocardiography laboratory.”

Cardiovascular diseases are the No. 1 cause of death in the United States. On average, one American dies every 38 seconds of cardiovascular disease-disorders of the heart and blood vessels. Early detection of life threatening heart disorders and other diseases is possible through the use of echocardiography procedures performed within hospitals and outpatient centers. During a transthoracic echocardiogram, a technician obtains views of the heart by moving a small instrument called a transducer on the chest wall of the subject. Images of the heart are taken through the chest wall and these images are used by physicians to assess the overall health of the heart.

While these tests are very helpful, there are many facets that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on echocardiography testing. The skill of the echocardiography sonographer performing the examination, the type of equipment used, the background and knowledge of the interpreting physician and quality assurance measures are each critical to patient testing. Accreditation ensures that the appropriate standards are consistently followed.