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South Nassau Communities Hospital Receives IAC Vascular Testing Accreditation

South Nassau Communities Hospital has received a three-year term of accreditation in Vascular Testing by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). 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 review.

To earn the accreditation, a panel of experts conducted a comprehensive onsite review of the operational and technical components of South Nassau’s peripheral vascular lab. The accreditation is for the areas of peripheral arterial testing, peripheral venous testing, and extracranial cerebrovascular testing.

“IAC accreditation is a ‘seal of approval’ that patients can rely on as an indication that we have been carefully critiqued on all aspects of its operations considered relevant by medical experts in the field of vascular testing,” said Jeffrey S. Stein, MD, FACS, a board-certified vascular surgeon and medical director of South Nassau’s peripheral vascular lab. “IAC accreditation is widely respected within the medical community, as illustrated by the support of the national medical societies related to vascular testing, which include physicians, technologists and sonographers.”

According to the American Heart Association, the total direct and indirect cost of cardiovascular disease and stroke in the U.S. for 2010 was an estimated $503.2 billion. Early detection of life threatening heart disorders, stroke and other diseases is possible through the use of vascular testing procedures. While vascular testing is a helpful technique, the skill and experience of the technologist performing the test, the acumen of the physicians that interpret the results of the tests and the quality of the technology used to perform the tests are essential to an accurate diagnosis.

Under the supervision Dr. Stein, South Nassau’s vascular lab offers comprehensive peripheral vascular therapies and diagnostics. The variety of tests offered evaluate for blood flow and help form an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. The best peripheral vascular programs are sensitive to the multiple cardiovascular needs of patients and draw upon the expertise of multiple specialties to bring patients the highest-quality, innovative care possible. Dr. Stein and his team work collaboratively with his colleagues from the departments of radiology and cardiology to provide patients with expert diagnosis and treatment of a variety of peripheral vascular disorders.

Peripheral Vascular Services Include:

  • Carotid artery ultrasound
  • Renal artery ultrasound
  • Peripheral ultrasound
  • Pulse volume recordings
  • ABI Ankle-Brachial Indices for upper/lower extremities
  • Venous reflux testing
  • Vein mapping
  • Arterial mapping
  • Upper and lower extremity graft surveillance
  • Velocity waveform studies (spectral analysis).

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