UTHCT vascular lab re-accredited

Friday, February 17, 2006

The Noninvasive Vascular Laboratory at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler recently was re-accredited for the fourth time by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories.

The commission provides a way to accredit facilities that perform comprehensive testing for vascular diseases using noninvasive methods, such as peripheral vascular testing. The lab performs diagnostic testing to help determine the location and severity of arterial blockages in the extremities. Every aspect of the lab’s daily operations and their impact on patient care is evaluated during the accreditation process, which occurs every three years.

“Mike Hazel, the cardio/pulmonary diagnostic lab supervisor, was instrumental in making this accreditation process a success. He epitomizes the saying ‘a job well done,’ “ said Sam Fields, director of cardiopulmonary services at UTHSCT. Hazel – a registered respiratory therapist, pulmonary function technologist, and diagnostic cardiac sonographer – joined UTHSCT 14 years ago and has supervised the non-invasive vascular lab for two years.

UTHSCT’s noninvasive vascular lab was first accredited in 1993. Physicians, technologists, and sonographers from 10 sponsoring organizations created the accreditation commission in 1990.

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