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Eur Heart J Cardiovasc Imaging. 2014 Nov;15(11):1188-93. doi: 10.1093/ehjci/jeu057.

Updated standards and processes for accreditation of echocardiographic laboratories from The European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging: an executive summary.

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1
Department of Cardiology, University of Medicine and Pharmacy 'Carol Davila', Euroecolab, Emergency Institute of Cadiovascular Diseases 'Prof. Dr. C. C. Iliescu', Sos. Fundeni 258, sector 2, 022328 Bucharest, Romania bogdan.a.popescu@gmail.com plato203@yahoo.com.
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1st Department of Cardiology, General Hospital of Nicea, 3 D. Mantouvalou Street, 185 54 Piraeus, Greece bogdan.a.popescu@gmail.com plato203@yahoo.com.
3
Hammersmith Hospital, NHLI, Imperial College, London, UK.
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Imperial College, London, UK.
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Department of Cardiology, University Hospitals of South Manchester, Manchester, UK.
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Hospital da Luz, Nova Medical School, Lisbon, Portugal.
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Dell'Angelo Hospital, Mestre, Venice, Italy.
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Department of Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Sciences, University of Padova, Padova, Italy.
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Wales Heart Research Institute, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK.
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Department of Cardiology, Lisbon Academic Medical Centre, University Hospital Santa Maria, CCUL, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal.
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University Hospital Ramon y Cajal, Madrid, Spain.
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Aix-Marseille Université, Marseille, France Cardiology Department, APHM, La Timone Hospital, Marseille, France.
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Division of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine II, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria.
14
GIGA Cardiovascular Sciences, Department of Cardiology, University of Liège Hospital, Valvular Disease Clinic, CHU Sart Tilman, Liège, Belgium.

Abstract

Standards for echocardiographic laboratories were proposed by the European Association of Echocardiography (now the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging) 7 years ago, to raise standards of practice and improve the quality of care. Criteria and requirements were published at that time for transthoracic, transoesophageal, and stress echocardiography. This paper reassesses and updates the quality standards to take account of experience and the technical developments of modern echocardiographic practice. It also discusses quality control, the incentives for laboratories to apply for accreditation, the re-accreditation criteria, and the current status and future prospects of the laboratory accreditation process.

KEYWORDS:

Accreditation; Echocardiography; Echocardiography laboratory; Quality standards; Re-accreditation

PMID:
25344557
DOI:
10.1093/ehjci/jeu057
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