NEWS | October 19, 2015

UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center receives echocardiography accreditation

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.)

The UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center has been accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in echocardiology in the areas of pediatric transesophageal, pediatric transthoracic and fetal.

UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center faculty and staff UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center faculty and staff

The accreditation signifies that the UC Davis facility has been carefully critiqued on all aspects of its operations considered relevant by medical experts in the field of echocardiography. 

"A  huge congratulation and thank you to all of the pediatric echo sonographers and pediatric cardiologists. Their dedication to quality and excellence has been unsurpassed as we prepared for this critical accreditation of our pediatric echo lab," said Jay Yeh, pediatric echocardiologist, at UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center.

Each year, more than 35,000 babies 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. Over the past few decades, however, diagnosis and treatment has improved, allowing almost all affected children to not only grow into adulthood, but to thrive.

Among the advanced diagnostic tools available, a noninvasive ultrasound study called an echocardiogram is commonly used to evaluate heart structure and function. The skill of the 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 quality patient testing.

When scheduled for an echocardiography procedure, patients are encouraged to check the accreditation status of the facility where their examination will be performed by visiting the IAC website at www.intersocietal.org/echo/main/patients.htm

The UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center is inland Northern California's only  full-service pediatric heart center, offering the latest tests and treatments for a range of congenital heart conditions. Our pediatric heart specialists hold outreach clinics throughout Northern California to accommodate the needs of families who live outside of Sacramento. Additional information about the UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center is at http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/pediatricheartcenter/

UC Davis Children's Hospital is the Sacramento region's only nationally ranked, comprehensive hospital for children, serving infants, children, adolescents and young adults with primary, subspecialty and critical care. It includes the Central Valley's only pediatric emergency department and Level I pediatric trauma center, which offers the highest level of care for critically ill children. The 120-bed children's hospital includes the state-of-the-art 49-bed neonatal and 24-bed pediatric intensive care and pediatric cardiac intensive care units. With more than 120 physicians in more than 30 subspecialties, UC Davis Children's Hospital has more than 74,000 clinic and hospital visits and 13,000 emergency department visits each year. For more information, visit children.ucdavis.edu.