SMC Vascular Lab Attains New Accreditation

January 28, 2013

Springhill Medical Center’s Vascular Laboratory has attained recognition for its commitment to providing a high level of patient care and quality testing for the diagnosis of vascular disease.  The facility achieved accreditation by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL). Participation in the accreditation process demonstrates the laboratory’s attention to a high level of patient care and quality testing. 
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, costing society over 83.7 billion dollars each year in health services, medications and lost work time due to disability. One American dies every 32 seconds of cardiovascular disorders of the heart and blood vessels.
Strokes are the third leading cause of death and disability in this country, with 500,000 new strokes occurring annually. Each year, 2 million people in the United States alone develop deep vein thrombosis-blood clots in the veins.
Early detection of these life-threatening vascular diseases is possible through the use of noninvasive vascular testing techniques performed within vascular laboratories. Springhill Medical Center’s Vascular Laboratory is one of a growing number of vascular laboratories in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico to meet or exceed the ICAVL standards for noninvasive vascular testing.
The ICAVL is a non-profit organization established with the support of eleven medical societies including physicians, technologist and sonographers that represent medical specialties including cardiology, neurology, radiology, vascular medicine, vascular surgery, neurosurgery, internal medicine and biology. ICAVL accreditation is valid for a period of three years.