The UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center's Pediatric Echocardiography Laboratory has been granted an additional three-year term of accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in pediatric transthoracic, pediatric transesophageal and fetal echocardiography. This latest accreditation demonstrates the facility's ongoing commitment to providing high-quality patient care.
Accreditation by IAC indicates that the UC Davis Pediatric Echocardiography Laboratory has undergone an intensive application and review process and is found to be in compliance with the published standards. The IAC accreditation process, comprised of a detailed self-evaluation followed by a thorough review by a panel of medical experts, enables both the critical operational and technical components of the applicant facility to be assessed, including representative case studies and their corresponding final reports.
Echocardiograms, which are noninvasive ultrasound studies, are 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. Quality imaging and interpretation of congenital heart defects requires years of experience, training and internal review. Over the past few decades, diagnosis and treatment has improved, allowing almost all affected children to not only grow into adulthood, but to thrive.